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Prior to her arrival at St. Olaf in 2007, Kris served in an adjunct faculty role at Minnesota State University- Mankato (MSU-M) in the Department of Education, supervising education majors during their clinical and student teaching experiences. Throughout the years, Kris has been able to combine her interests in education, mentoring, and travel. In 2007, she was part of a team of MSU-M faculty members who traveled to Thailand for a month to provide professional development seminars for TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). In 2010, she led a group of St. Olaf students to Nicaragua to see firsthand the community development work of Opportunity International and the Emprendedora School for Entrepreneurship. In her current role as Associate Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement, Kris leads the Connections Program to New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle, Portland, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, helping students connect with alumni and parents working in various career fields.

Following graduation from Gustavus Adolphus College, Kris taught in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District. She holds a Masters of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction and an Advanced Certificate in Literacy.

Kris and her husband Rick have been residents of Northfield since 1991. Their son, Sam, currently resides in London and works for Google. Daughter, Maria, lives in Washington D.C. and works for Ashoka. Throughout the years, Kris has been involved in numerous community organizations and advisory boards. Currently, she serves on the boards of HCI (Healthy Community Initiative), Northfield Promise, and Northfield Shares Community Foundation.