Marina's background is also typically Caribbean. She was born in Guyana, is of mixed heritage of East Indian, Portuguese, and African. Her paternal grandfather, Jabez Taitt, moved from Barbados to Guyana in around 1920 to do his internship at a hospital in Guyana, because Barbados would not train nonwhite doctors; he never looked back. Her parents moved back to Barbados in the 1970s, thus completing the circle! Marina has tried to find out more about her Caribbean ancestors before her grandfather, but records in Barbados (affectionately called "Bim" by many) apparently don't go back to 1895, when he was born. Her grandfather had told Marina that his mother or grandmother was a slave on the Cave Hill plantation in Barbados, but Marina cannot confirm that. Marina's paternal grandmother, was Dorothy Pendleton, a white Guyanese-Portuguese who married Jabez in the 1920s. Marina's maternal grandmother was the daughter of an East Indian merchant from a rice-growing family, named Sawh, from somewhere in India, which disowned her for marry a man of African descent, her grandmother's parents had migrated from India to Guyana.
Marina is another modern day griot, online! She got a private grant in 2003 to design and post the full site online, and after a year of work a greatly expanded version of the site went live with the information databases she had been building. Today, she continues to expand the site’s listings and update the events and newsletter pages monthly. However, the site needs financial backing to boost the site’s income-generating elements and make it self-sustaining; unfortunately, responses from institutions have been few and negative.