Chris studied clinical laboratory medicine at Old Dominion University and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, later running the Special Chemistry department at Public Health Service Hospital in Norfolk. Eleven years later she was offered a job at the US Postal Service that she couldn’t turn down. She became the Wellness Coordinator for a staff of 1200 employees, creating public programs to further the postal brand. She won many awards for excellence for public programs she created at Town Point Park, on board the U.S.S. Wisconsin, as Chair of the Diabetes Ball for the American Diabetes Association and Chair of Tour de Cure, the bike ride to cure diabetes.
Retiring from the postal service Chris became certified as a Therapeutic Massage Therapist, opening her own business in Ghent. She also became nationally certified as a Doula (a birth assistant) to help couples have a safer, more enjoyable birth and has helped more than fifty babies be born.
Chris describes herself “wanting to know, do and see everything.” She became an accomplished potter in the ‘70s, and taught for the Chrysler Museum. She learned to fly in the 80’s, and studied photography and art history in the 90’s. Wanting to see the world, she spent time in Peru, Ecuador, Canada, China, France, England, and Italy. She volunteered for the Tidewater Rape Information System, The Catholic Worker and King’s Daughters Children’s Home. As an avid bird watcher and all round nature lover she volunteers with the Tidewater Master Naturalist, having gained certification as a Master Naturalist in 2016.