As a young child Kris was instilled with an appreciation for animals, nature, and gardening. As an adult raising her own children, she found that respect and need for knowledge grow through their inquisitive eyes. The catalyst for their journey began with up-close investigations to better understand the relationships between host plants and butterfly lifecycles. As a leader with the San Clemente Garden Club, Kris founded and led the city’s first school garden program at Concordia Elementary School. In recognition for her passion as a ‘butterfly lady’ and volunteer youth educator, Kris was awarded Youth Leader of the Year by California Garden Clubs. She continues to serve the club as Chair of the Scholarship and Butterfly Trail Stewardship Committees, and is the outgoing Co-Chair of the Junior Gardener Program, a position she held for five years. It was her engagement with Butterfly Trail habitat restoration at SC State Beach that led her family to become volunteer leaders with the San Onofre Parks Foundation.
Kris’ career includes 24 years’ in the non-profit industry serving as a key strategic fundraising partner in the area of professional development research. She has supported multi-million dollar capital campaigns for national and regional nonprofits nationwide. Since 2000, Kris has served as an independent consultant with Ethington Research Services. She received her B.A. in Business Admin-Marketing from CSU, Fullerton.
Kris’ passion for youth education, nature preservation, and environmental stewardship continues to drive her as Board Advisor and committee volunteer with SOPF. She enjoys lending her leadership and professional talents in the areas of program development, outreach, social media, and fundraising in support of SOPF’s mission.