Christy is a recent graduate of the Master of Social Work program at the Erikson Institute. During her time spent as a student in the program, she worked as both a facilitator and intern for the Calm Classroom Project where she co-facilitated 30-minute lessons of a mindfulness-based social and emotional learning program and intervention to children in K-2nd grade classrooms. She also worked part-time as a writing tutor for the Academic Success Center and has served as a research assistant for different projects throughout her time at Erikson. In her final year of the program, Christy served as the president for Erikson’s Student Committee where she led the development of the Stress Free Room as a space for students. She spent part of her generalist internship year as the Health Coordinator for a non-profit agency where she supported the development and implementation of a community-level intervention in the Pilsen and Little Village Community. In her concentration year, she worked as a Social Work intern in the Pediatric and Social Work and Community health departments at Rush University Medical Center.
Prior to her work at Erikson, Christy served as a senior research assistant and mentor for several projects as a graduate and undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked in the early childhood field for several years as a tutor and childcare specialist for different non-profit organizations as well. She is originally from Orlando and moved to Chicago to pursue her social work degree at Erikson. She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Development and Education from the University of Central Florida and an M.S. in Human and Community Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.