Kris resides in Hellam Township with two teenage sons and her husband, Jeff, a retired soldier and historian. She has been an active member of the Hellam Township Environmental Advisory Council since 2013.
Professionally, Kris has practiced as a registered landscape architect. In this capacity, she has been able to guide and influence natural and built environments as they were created, modified and/or restored. Her work has focused on institutional and campus communities, senior assisted care, urban redevelopment, and private residential design. Areas of current interest include food source availability for wildlife biodiversity, soil science, invasive species management, and riparian geomorphology restoration.
Prior to coming to York, Kris volunteered with several urban community organizations, facilitating park, playground and streetscape planning, grant applications and implementation.
A lifelong visual artist, Kris is comfortable in various illustration mediums and digital design programs. She often uses visual tools to portray ideas, convey information and explore beauty.
Personal interests include visiting local nurseries, gardening, kayaking and playing outdoors–often with Irish Jack Russells in tow. As the parent of a young traumatic brain injury survivor, there is also an ongoing exploration of adaptive sports and employment, rehabilitation and living opportunities for disabled young adults.