Kristie is a mom and a philanthropist. She is both a Journeys School and a Jackson Hole Community School parent. In the three years that Kristie has lived full-time in Jackson, she has co-chaired the Journey’s School 5 Week Campaign and the Community School Spring Fever Gala. She is also a member of Teton Science Schools’ advancement committee. Back in Houston, Kristie maintains her position on the board of directors for the Citizens for Animal Protection shelter, a position she has held for ten years.
Kristie was previously employed in Texas as a high school teacher, working for two years in the Midland Independent School District and for five years in the Katy Independent School District. She left teaching in order to pursue her Ph.D. in counseling. During her studies Kristie completed four practicum placements at the Houston VA Hospital and two practicum placements at Harris County Psychiatric Center. She also spent two years as a volunteer group facilitator at Bo’s Place.
Kristie holds a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston, a M.A. in History from Louisiana State University, and a B.A. in History from the University of Texas, Austin. She completed all coursework and dissertation research for a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Houston with her research focusing upon the occurrence of PTSD following motor vehicle accidents. She also attended Brasenose College at Oxford University. From the state of Texas, Kristie holds secondary level teaching certification in the following areas: English, history, composite social studies, and counseling.