Cris joined Iowa State University in January 2019 as a WorkLife Specialist supporting both Child Care & Family Services and ISU WellBeing. She transitioned into the role of Child Care & Family Services Coordinator in September 2020 and now serves as a source for information, services, referral, and consultation to ISU employees and students on a range of family-life issues. During the pandemic, she began facilitating a series of virtual events designed to inform, educate, support, and connect ISU families experiencing similar challenges. In addition, Cris oversees the federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School grant that annually provides nearly $200,000 in child care tuition grants to ISU student parents.
Prior to joining ISU, Cris most recently served as a Child Care Consultant for Child Care Resource & Referral, providing support to Story and Boone County child care providers. Cris earned a bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult & Family Services from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies, also from Iowa State.