Service has always been a guiding principle for Kristal. Before joining Friends of San Lucas, she managed an AmeriCorps program at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Prior to that, Kristal worked in student support services at Northwestern University in Qatar, the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and Colorado State University. Through her work with students and AmeriCorps service members, Kristal gained experience in volunteer management, training and development, cross-cultural collaboration, systems development and service learning. As the Director of the Visitor Program, she serves as a resource to the 1,400+ individuals who visit the Mission each year.
After living abroad for five years, Kristal moved back to her home state of Minnesota in 2017. She is an avid coffee fan and enjoys adventuring with her partner (Evan), one-year old daughter (Ruby), and two pups (Emmy and Jeff). They can be found frequenting state parks hiking, camping, playing games, and exploring whenever possible.