Project Social Ambassador

Kristen

Location: Illinois

Age: 33

College: University of Oregon

Profession: Director of STEM Program

Biography: I’m your average 30-something lady, who is finishing her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois while working as a nonprofit director and wrangling pets, a child, and my red-headed Texan husband. As an individual with NVLD, I often struggle with social situations, which turned out to be both a curse (I can’t keep friends around and I fight constantly with MDD) and a blessing (Wondering how to understand people led me to both graduate school and my career in program management and evaluation). I love cycling, fiber arts, and coffee.

Who has influenced you the most in life and why? Frida Kahlo, because she used both tragedy and disability in order to create beautiful and impactful art.