Kristen was born in Boston, and has traveled extensively while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Her family moved to Morganton in 1999, the year she joined the military. While Active Duty, Kristen earned her B.S. in Computer Information Systems, magna cum laude, from Westfield State University. After 11 years of service, Kristen moved to Hickory in order to be closer to her family. She is an equestrian rider and animal lover. After honorably serving her country, she loves to serve her community, specializing, but not limited to, helping fellow Veterans.