Survivor Samoa - the Girls

ashley.jpgAshley Trainer (22)
Hometown: Maple Grove, MN
Occupation: Spa Sales

This 22 year-old woman describes herself as funny, outgoing and flirty, with an emphasis on flirty. Ashley once moved to San Diego for a relationship that did not work out, but now this bubbly former competitive cheerleader plans to use her flirty ways to endear herself to and at the same time manipulate the male castaways. Not only relying on her womanly wiles, Ashley feels that her strong determination will get her far in the game. She claims that she usually gets whatever she wants as long as she puts her heart and mind to it.

In her spare time, Ashley loves kickboxing, watching movies, and shopping. She describes her perfect day as sleeping in followed by working out and shopping, then ending her day with a nice dinner and a movie. During her time away from home, she will miss her mother, whom she describes as her best friend. She will also miss her favorite comfort item, which is her pillow.

Ashley works in a very competitive commission based sales job where she can sell almost anything. She has no qualms about selling items that she hates as long as it helps her reach her quota. She hopes that her "get it done" attitude will win her the title of Sole Survivor. Her first purchase, should she take home the grand prize, would be a condo or new house.

Currently, Ashley resides in Maple Grove, Minn. Her birth date is February 27th.

betsy.jpgBetsy Bolan (48)
Hometown: Campton, NH
Occupation: Police Officer

Betsy Bolan dreamed of being a cop her entire life and at age 47 finally turned that dream into a reality. Her friends and family still cannot believe this mother of four is an officer of the law. Even though she is nicknamed "Officer Friendly," Betsy isn't naïve and knows that "nice people can be snakes." She feels her skills as a cop will help her stand up to the possible jerks and alpha-males she could run into during SURVIVOR.

Betsy is happily married with two boys and two girls ranging in age from 8 to 16, but her world almost came apart when her husband was diagnosed with stage-four prostate cancer. Now with his cancer in remission, "all is good" on the home front, but Betsy says the money would mean a lot to her family since her husband does not have health insurance.

After going through a wild time in her youth, this former hippie has now been clean and sober for 21 years. Betsy's overcome a number of obstacles in her life and is ready to tackle the next one, especially, now that she has become the person "she's always dreamed of being."

Currently, Betsy resides in Campton, N.H. Her birth date is March 20th.


elizabeth.jpgElizabeth Kim (33)
Hometown: New York, NY
Occupation: Attorney

Elizabeth Kim wasn't born in this country, but that is not stopping her from living the American dream. "Everything I've gotten to this date has been out of pure determination."  Emigrating from South Korea with her parents at age two, Elizabeth grew up in Franklin Lakes, NJ and is the elder of two children.  The first in her family to go to college, this Ivy Leaguer's positive outlook combined with her determination has served her well in life helping her to earn degrees from Barnard-Columbia, Princeton, and University of Pennsylvania, Law School, where she served on Law Review.

After several years of practicing litigation at a top New York City law firm, Elizabeth now works as an urban planner in coordinating and managing industrial real estate development projects for New York City government, although just how much she'll reveal to her fellow tribemates is still up in the air. "I'm not sure I'm going to tell people where I went to school or that I'm an attorney."  A self-described "social butterfly," Elizabeth sees herself as an "outgoing people person" who is opinionated and passionate about life. She admits that this behavior often leads to her being blunt with others and putting her foot in her mouth, and that her biggest challenge will be "being assertive without being abrasive."

A runner and avid tennis player, Elizabeth tries to stay active as much as possible.  She recently completed training for a marathon, and is looking forward to tackling the game's many physical and mental challenges. 

Currently, Elizabeth resides in New York City. Her birth date is November 24th.


kelly.jpgKelly Sharbaugh (25)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Hairstylist

A free-spirit with an edgy twist, Kelly prefers to take life as it comes and embrace the unknown. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, she now lives in Southern California, arriving there after one of many cross-country treks.

Self-described as spontaneous and passionate in her desire to live life to the fullest, Kelly makes her living as a hairstylist, which fuels her creative side.
As homage to her outlook on life, she has chosen to place fairly permanent markings on her body that represent some facets of her personality and life. Among her multiple tattoos are the words "cuidado" (Spanish for "careful") on her forearm and "trouble" on her left foot.

Her unconventional life experiences and choices have resulted in a positive outlook on life and her belief in the power to change. She feels that making small attainable goals end up contributing to the greater good which is, ultimately, what she wants to do.  Her open and straightforward communication style allows her to delve into the deeper meaning of life and provide insight to those closest to her.

With a highly addicting and sociable personality, Kelly is certain she will stand out in the game of SURVIVOR.

Kelly resides in both San Diego and West Hollywood Calif. and her birthday is December 26th.


laura.jpgLaura Morett (39)
Hometown: Salem, OR
Occupation: Office Manager

Laura Morett is a 39-year-old Hawaiian mother, wife of 21 years and also a grandmother. Her beauty is complimented by the fact that one of her occupations is fitness instructor, which helps her stay in shape and gives her the energy to keep up with her three kids and two-year-old grandchild. When she is not spending time with her family, working out or riding her Harley, this conservative Christian is running the lobby message center at the Oregon State Capitol building for over 400 lobbyists.

Similar religious and political beliefs, as well as the fact that her daughter had a child at 18, has Laura referring to herself as a, "fit version of Sarah Palin." Laura enjoys listening to Christian music and is studying women's ministry. In addition, Laura counsels couples in her church based on her experiences in a long-lasting marriage with a man she describes as her other half.

Determined and competitive, she freely admits that she wants to win SURVIVOR for the money but in doing so claims that she would never do anything to compromise her faith to get it.

Currently, Laura resides in Salem, Ore. and her birthday is July 30th.


marisa.jpgMarisa Calihan (26)
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Occupation: Student

Marisa Calihan is no stranger to surviving off the land. This 1st generation Appalachian was born on a farm in Ohio and learned many of her survival skills from her father. Growing up with eight siblings, in a blended family with many adopted children, Marisa learned from an early age how to take care of herself. "I am paying my own way through school and have been on my own since I was 17."

Aside from her early roots in farming, Marisa also has experience working in third world conditions. While abroad, she worked with street children in poor countries with no plumbing or running water and it changed her life.  Although after eight years of being a free spirit and living abroad in such places as El Salvador and Spain, Marisa returned home to go back to school and help take care of her family.

For Marisa, the money would go a long way in making her family's lives better and helping her achieve a few long term goals. "There are so many things I can do if I just had a nest egg to start with. I won't have to fight tooth and nail for everything, if I just had a little bit of money."

Resourceful and creative, Marisa believes she has what it takes to persevere and become the sole SURVIVOR.

Marisa is single and currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her birth date is July 26th.


monica.jpgMonica Padilla (25)
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Law Student

Monica Padilla is the first in her family to not only complete her undergraduate degree but also obtain a Juris Doctor.  Recently, she graduated from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, where she perfected, what she describes as, her power of persuasion. She fully intends to use her beauty and the fact that she "can sell ice cubes to an Eskimo" to her advantage in the game.

Exotic looks, in addition to intellect, have landed her a wide range of jobs, such as a clerk position at a well-known investment firm, as well as a position playing a theme park Pocahontas. With the keen ability to change from bookworm to party girl in a matter of moments, she is sure she will be able to adapt to anything she comes across on the island. She says that while in the Samoan wilderness, she will miss partying, clubbing and lunch with friends the most, which was exactly what she did in her free time even as she was in the home-stretch of obtaining her degree.

Much like Parvati and Amanda (from SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA), she plans to be as "sweet as pie," while subtly using the "flirt card," in order to come off as endearing rather than overbearing. In addition to killing her fellow castaways with kindness, she has every intention of pulling her own weight around camp while studying their words and actions meticulously to "learn about her enemies before she chooses her weapon." Confident that she can win the title of Sole Survivor, Monica plans to buy a designer purse as her first selfish purchase.

Monica resides in San Diego, Calif. and her birthday is July 14th.


natalie.jpgNatalie White (26)
Hometown: Van Buren, AR
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales

Natalie White is your typical Southern Belle, but she is definitely not afraid to get her hands dirty. "Friendly and savvy" are two of her attributes that her fellow castaways will pick-up on right away.

White plans to bring her background in pharmaceutical sales into the game and knows that if you do not make the cut, you are more than likely going to be cut.  You either "make the numbers or go home."

Natalie's convinced that her ambitious personality will help her during the game. "I'm literally so competitive and scrappy that I don't care if I have to dive on the ground and get bruised and scraped up, I'll do it. I'll do it to win. I love to compete." Natalie will not waste any time changing her game plan if needed. "I'm observant and flexible, not to mention smart enough to know how to adapt to my surroundings."

Currently, Natalie is in a relationship and resides in Van Buren, Ark. Her birth date is April 22nd.


shannon.jpgShannon Waters (45)
Hometown: Renton, WA
Occupation: Sales

Shannon Waters is proud to be the first female Marine Sergeant to play the game of SURVIVOR. Although she has completed her military service and is now in the world of sales, Shannon will always remain true to her roots as a second generation Marine.
After serving her country for five years, Shannon went onto become a chef before changing gears to be a sales representative for a food service company. She credits her success to her industry knowledge and people skills. In her sales role, she feels connected to people soon after meeting them and is able to understand how to deliver what they genuinely need. This ability helped her achieve "Salesman of the Year" in 2008, along with the support of a great sales team.

On the weekends, Shannon splits her time between riding her Harley, which she's affectionately named "Chunky", enjoying the companionship of her dogs and hanging out with family. As number 8 out of 9 kids, she has plenty of family in close proximity to keep her busy.

Shannon is committed to preparing for the game. She has lost 4 pant sizes and 70 pounds but admits that she may have trouble staying under the radar. "I'm like this ball of energy just ready to explode, because I'm putting it out there and I think that rocks."

Shannon is a native of Renton, Wash., where she currently resides with her canine kids Bruce and Kali.


yasmin.jpgYasmin Giles (33)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Hairstylist

Yasmin Giles is nicknamed "Sassy Yassy" and is ready to show everybody how she got this moniker. An opinionated motor mouth from the Motor City, she always speaks her mind.

Growing up in Detroit, Yasmin claims her life experiences have prepared her for anything that comes her way. She is aware that her know-it-all attitude can rub people the wrong way, but she doesn't care. "If you're going to give it to somebody straight, real and raw, then a big mouth doesn't matter, because they are going to think about what I said and realize Yasmin was right!"

Yasmin believes that once you get past her constant chatter, she is likeable, funny and quick-witted. In addition, working in a beauty salon has helped her learn how to hustle because she is constantly competing with the other employees for new clientele in order to earn a living. While she may look feminine, Yasmin insists she's a tomboy at heart.

A firm believer in the mantra "winners never quit and quitters never win," Yasmin claims she's a winner and she'll never quit SURVIVOR. "I want to do this and I want to take it all the way."

Yasmin is single and currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif.


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