Cristen holds a B.S. in Advertising and Public Relations with a Business minor from Grand Valley State University in her home state of Michigan; as well as a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the College of William & Mary. Born and raised in western Michigan, Cristen moved to Virginia in 2010. She started her career at the College of William and Mary as an Assistant Director of Special Events in the Athletics Department where she helped implement over 20 fundraising events in her first year, including the Lord Botetourt Auction and Tribe Club Pro-Am. Cristen furthered her career by moving to the William & Mary Alumni Association as the Assistant Director of Business Development, where she worked for three years in alumni engagement and event management before moving to the career center. In her free time, Cristen enjoys playing volleyball, reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.