Sariya Jarasviroj Brown immigrated to the USA from Thailand as a toddler and grew up bridging two continents and two cultures. Sariya attended college at Boston University in Boston, MA and later transferred to Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO to complete her undergraduate work in Sociology. She moved away from the dry mountain air to brave the dry desert heat to attend Arizona State University for her graduate work in Religious Studies. She loves living in Tucson with her husband, a Tucson native, and their three children. Her first introduction to the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner came through her undergraduate and graduate exploration of how a People’s belief systems influence their use of land. Tucson Waldorf School seemed a natural choice for her youngest child who began in The Quail’s Nest in 2011 and has been with the school ever since. Sariya cherishes Tucson Waldorf School’s invitation in welcoming each child’s unique and emerging self while keeping the children rooted in community.
Sariya has a deep passion for wine, food, and the rituals of the shared dinner table. As such, she co-founded Circo Vino in 2009. Circo Vino is a family-owned, national, wine-import portfolio focusing on artisanal, thoughtfully-farmed, wine with a specialization in wines from Austria. A product of these global times, Sariya runs her international business from Tucson and distributes wine in twenty states. In the past twelve months, she has become involved with wine trade advocacy through The US Wine Trade Alliance.
Outside of work, Sariya volunteers on the boards of the Environmental Education Exchange and ZUZI! Dance Company. She also gives freely of her time to Tucson Waldorf School as a room parent and most recently helped the school inaugurate a new committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity. When she is not traveling to wave the flag for the wines she loves or cheering on her family’s many, awesome, endeavors, she can be found practicing piano, rock climbing, writing letters, and baking.