Christine is an alumna of Loyola University Chicago where she received her Masters of Social Work in Leadership & Development with a focus on Gerontological Education. During her time as a student she was placed at a skilled nursing facility (SNF) where she saw first hand the abuses, neglect and challenges to resident's quality of life. This experience inspired her to go on to lead numerous workshops and presentations regarding increasing quality of care and how to advocate for residents in nursing communities.
Upon receiving her M.S.W. she join the Missouri Long Term Care Ombudsman team where she was responsible for advocating for residents in Northeast Missouri, St. Charles and North St. Louis Counties. There she served over 150 homes shining a light on both the failings and points of improvements and working tirelessly to advance the mission of the ombudsman program.
Christine is a published author, writing for Loyola University's School of Social Work Praxis Journal. Her piece Changing Focus: Making Psychosocial Care in Nursing Facilities A Priority explored the failings in CMS's Five Star Rating System. In 2016, Christine presented at the Pioneer Network's national conference teaching participants how to advocate for resident rights.
Christine currently serves as the Program Director for Chicago Bridge, a Co-Chair for the Westchester Food Pantry's Fundraising Committee and the Vice President of Illinois Pioneer Coalition.