Chris leads communications and external relations for the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. This includes an alumni newsletter, monthly e-newsletters, lecture series, various books/booklets, posters and public outreach. She works with the Assistant Dean for Development on donor communications and stewardship as well as alumni engagement. She is also responsible for major event planning for the school.
In 1994, Chris began at the school as a visual resources curator in the slide room, doing research, photography and designing a database. In fall 2010, she became the head of communications.
Chris holds a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, with a minor in printmaking and a K-12 certification to teach art. Her path from arts to communications includes these positions: newsletter editor/writer at a corporate law firm in Washington, D.C.; curator of visual resources; design competition researcher at the National Endowment for the Arts; international design competition project manager; freelance editor. She has also been a designer/maker of jewelry and wedding dresses; art teacher; tutor; project coordinator in community development; and a database designer.
Chris participates community/university engagement efforts and serves on various university committees, events and task forces. She is liaison and coordinator for the Architecture in the Schools program, which pairs our architecture students with local high school engineering students, culminating in a presentation, critique and exhibit of the high school work here at the university. Chris volunteers as a community activist and participates in creative and arts-related activities whenever she has the opportunity.