Cari graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1994 with a degree in Criminology and Sociology. She began her career with Correctional Service of Canada in 1995 as a Correctional Officer. She served as a Parole Officer as well as acted in positions of Coordinator Case Management and Unit Manager. In 1999, Cari worked at RHQ as a Project Officer and was the Regional Administrator of Reintegration from 2000 – 2006. In 2006, Cari assumed the role of Area Director for New Westminster Area Community Corrections and in 2010 became Associate District Director for Pacific Region Community Corrections. She was appointed Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Integrated Services, Pacific in June 2015. Cari is a mom of two teenage children who are active in sports and she is also an avid runner.