June 26, 1983: Tamara makes her first jump, a static-line jump, at Ripcord West in Jonesburg, MO.
Fall 1985: Tamara makes her first freestyle jumps at the Greater St. Louis Parachute Club in Greenville, IL. Some of the first maneuvers included the no-lift dive, stand-up, the turning track, backloop to the dive position, and frontloop to the dive position.
March 1986: Tamara begins performing her trademark move, the Chinese Split.
August 10, 1987: Tamara makes her first freestyle jump on video with Norman Kent at the World Freefall Convention in Quincy in association with the production of "From Wings Came Flight."
May 1988: Tamara completes her studies in "Methods of Teaching Dance" and all associated movement engineering coursework at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Tamara continued her studies at Webster University to acquire her second BA in Media Communication with emphasis in Video/Film production and graduated in May 1991.
August 11, 1988: Tamara gives her first freestyle seminar at the World Skydiving Convention along with Mike "Michigan" Sandberg and others. She has presented her seminar at the World Freefall Convention nearly every year that it was held until the present time!
September 1988: Tamara's first article on freestyle titled "Beginning Freestyle" is published in PARACHUTIST magazine.
November 1988: Tamara makes her first appearances in published Skydiving Videos in Michael McGowan's Skydive USA series.
February 1989: Tamara's first articles are published in periodicals overseas. Today, her articles on 3-D flying continue to be published in the US and overseas.
Fall 1989: Tamara publishes the first book ever on freestyle skydiving, "Freestyle Notes." In 1991, Tamara publishes her second book "More Freestyle Notes." In 1992, "Freestyle Notes" was completely revised and published as "Basic Freestyle Notes." In 1993, "More Freestyle Notes: 2nd Ed." was published.
July 13, 1991: Tamara makes her first 21,000 foot high altitude jump performing freestyle at West Tennessee Skydiving Center. Since, Tamara logged another 50 freestyle jumps from 21,000 feet.
August 8-11, 1991: Tamara teaches her first freestyle course at Archway Skydiving Center in Sparta, IL. Since, Tamara has taught more than 20 courses.
October 19, 1991: With camera flyer and teammate, Jamie Paul, Tamara introduces the first ever use of props in World competition as she deploys her pink wind streamers performing choreographed figures. They won silver in the Women's Freestyle Division at the World Freestyle Competition held in Vero Beach, FL.
May 3, 1992: Tamara makes her first 2 camera flying jumps using a JVC 007 attached to her left foot while shooting some POV scenes for A Video Guide To Freestyle.
Summer 1992: Sponsored by Para-Flite, Skydive Spaceland, and Air Time Designs, Tamara with partner, Tony Loper, publishes the first and still only instructional video on freestyle skydiving.
November 8, 1992: With camera flyer and teammate, Jamie Paul, and sponsors (including the Relative Workshop, Precision Aerodynamics, Performance Designs, Airtec, Larsen & Brusgaard, West Tennessee Skydiving, AeroStore, California Connections, and others), Tamara wins the gold in the Women's Freestyle Division at the World Skyblazin' 92 Competition held in Eloy, AZ.
January 23, 1993: Tamara's first appearance on National TV on the Skyblazin' 92 TV program aired on ESPN. Since, Tamara has appeared numerous times on TV world wide.
March 1-5, 1993: Tamara teaches her first course overseas at Lower Light, South Australia. Since, Tamara has taught more than 14 courses overseas.
March 6-7, 1993: Tamara judges her first freestyle competition at Lower Light, South Australia and provides instruction on judging freestyle. Tamara has acted as judge for other first freestyle competitions in various overseas locations.
March 1993: Tamara begins researching information on sky surfing collaborating with experienced sky surfers.
April 10: 1993: Tamara judges at the first ever organized skysurfing competition which was held at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, AZ.
August 6, 1993: Tamara presents her first seminar for Sky Surfers along with Jerry Loftis and Russell Calkins at the World Freefall Convention.
October 4, 1993: With camera flyer and teammate, Jamie Paul, and sponsors (Larsen & Brusgaard, Parasport Italia, Precision Aerodynamics, Performance Designs, West Tennessee Skydiving, and others), Tamara wins the silver in the Women's Freestyle Division at the World Skyblazin' 93 Competition held in Empuriabrava, SPAIN, while performing the first jazz style routine. She earned "Best Freestylist" of the meet Award.
December 1993: At Skydive DeLand, Tamara performs her first 25 jumps in VRW/Freefly with Philippe Vallaud. (Tamara used primitive VRW techniques to chase freestyle students as early as 1989.) Immediately afterwards, Tamara begins developing a training program for VRW/freeflying.
June 18-24, 1994: Tamara teaches her first freestyle course in French at Paraclub Agenais, France.
October 16, 1994: With camera flyer and teammate, Jamie Paul, and sponsors (including Skydive Chicago, Sunshine Factory, BounceProof, West Tennessee Skydiving, Cazer Paraloft, and others), Tamara earns her fourth medal in the Women's Freestyle Division at the Sony Handycam World Skyblazin' 94 Competition held at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, AZ.
October 17-19, 1994: Tamara judges at the first ever organized sit-flying competition which was held at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, AZ.
July 1-2, 1995: Tamara teaches the first multi-day judging course for freestyle competition held at Tampereen Laskuvarjo Kerho, FINLAND.
July 27-30, 1995: Tamara was a principle and advising judge at the Coupe D'Europe de Freestyle et de Skysurf at La Ferté Gaucher, FRANCE.
November 27, 1995: Tamara publishes her web site and has continued to maintain a collection of informal articles to date. (Tamara's site may have been among the first 100,000 sites ever published on the world wide web. Reference: MacWorld Jan. 1997)
December 30, 1995: Tamara became the fastest woman at Skydive Arizona's first ever Freefall Race at an average speed of 234mph between 11,000ft and 5,000ft.
August 5, 1996: Tamara receives her Conference, National, and US/FAI International Judge's ratings in the Artistic Events (Freestyle, Skysurfing, and Freeflying).
October 16-20, 1996: Tamara acted as a principle judge for the first ever held US Nationals in freestyle skydiving held at Skydive Arizona.
September 13-21, 1997: Tamara acted as a member of the judges' panel for the first World Air Games in skysurf and freestyle skydiving held in Efes, TURKEY.
September 19-27, 1998: Tamara acted as a member of the judge's panel for the 2nd Worldcup and 1st European Championships Freestyle Skydiving & Skysurfing held in Évora, PORTUGAL.
November 25, 1998: Tamara makes her first video jump using head mounted camera gear (a Sony DCR-PC7 and ArrowDynamics HawkEye Helmet) while shooting video of Pheonix area freeflyer William Harding.
August 14, 1999: Tamara makes her first Bird-man Wing Suit jump while flying with Jari H. Kuosma of Bird-Man International, producer of the world's first commercially available Bird-man Wing Suits for skydivers.
February 2002: Tamara receives her National judge's rating in Formation Skydiving with Course Director, Brenda Reid.
June, 15, 2002: Tamara judges her first regional Formation Skydiving event at the Mid-west SkyLeague Meet 2 held at Skydive Chicago, Ottawa, IL.
July 13, 2002: Tamara judges her first regional accuracy competition at the 2002 Archway POPs Meet held at Archway Skydiving, Vandalia, IL with chief judge, Jeff Steinkamp.
September 2002: Tamara judges her first national level Formation Skydiving competition at the 2002 US Nationals with chief judge, Neil McGrath.