Originally from Upstate NY, Kristen graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She moved to the Triad area 16 years ago for work, and has been at the same company ever since. She designs textiles for the contract hospitality market, which includes fabrics for major name-branded hotel chains and restaurants. She is an experienced globe trotter, having been to all 7 continents. When not traveling, in her free time, she teaches painting classes and flies a 4 seater Cessna plane.