Chris spent her childhood growing up on the East Coast in Maryland. She spent her summers in Maine. She received her from Unity College Unity, Maine. She then transferred to Dominican University in San Rafael, CA where she received her B.A. in Environmental Education in 1983.
Chris started career as a Park Ranger at the National Park Service at Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) in the Marin Headlands. She also did a short stint on Alcatraz as well. Upon her release from Alcatraz she went to work in the Regional Office for the U.S. Forest Service-Pacific Southwest Region. During her time there she worked in the Information Office answering requests from the public on camping, permits etc. She also performed duties of Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl when requested. Chris spent a brief time working in the personnel office processing new employees and personnel actions. It was while she was working in Personnel she noticed the job announcement for the Bay Model Visitor Center in Sausalito. She was hired at the Bay Model in October of 1986 as their Education Coordinator. In 2001 Chris was appointed as the Park Manager. In 2010-11 she oversaw a $16.5 M dollar renovation to the facility including the largest solar installation the Corps has.
The Visitor Center receives approximately 150,000 visitors a year and the largest of that number attending Labor Day weekend when the Sausalito Art Festival is held on the site and approx. 60,000 people come through the Bay Model during the 3-day event. .
Outside of work Chris has severed the local Sausalito Community on several committees and she was the Chamber of Commerce President in 2010. She has served on several nonprofit boards such as American Red Cross, YMCA, Salvation Army, Dominican University and United Way just to name a few. She is currently the District Governor for Rotary for District 5150 which includes the counties of Marin, SF and San Mateo Counties. Any free time she finds she loves to walk the dogs that are up for adoption at the Marin Humane Society as she has done for the last 12 years.