Kristen was born and raised in interior Alaska but moved to Michigan when she was 18 years old for six years to attend school before joining the CCHRC staff in October 2007. While in Michigan, Kristen was a certified massage therapist, land surveyor, and computer technician. Kristen worked at the University of Michigan Health System at the computer helpdesk and then as an application programmer/analyst. In 2010 she received her BS in Information Technology with a focus in Website Development. Her personal interests include coloring and taking pictures of dogs, her favorite models are her dogs Kasey and Darby who can regularly be spotted at CCHRC.