Christina was raised on the historic Whipple Farm in Altamont, NY. As she grew up, she involved herself in many activities: skiing, competition dance, softball, gymnastics, cheerleading, track & field, violin, piano, drawing, painting, math, science, and toastmasters.
Christina attended Syracuse University and graduated with a BFA in Interior Design and a minor in Psychology. She walked-on to the Division 1 Track & Field team as a jumper where she trained with athletes who would go on to compete in the Olympics. She also spent a summer abroad in Florence, Italy studying photography.
In 2009, Christina moved to California to pursue her dream — attending graduate school at the Academy of Art for Graphic Design in San Francisco. While attending graduate school, she joined a small startup and began her career in product design and user experience design.
In 2012, she joined the Board of Directors of AIGA SF as the Programming Committee Chair to plan and execute SF Design Week 2013. That year, SFDW hosted 45 events in 8 days, 26 open studio tours, and expanded to 4 events in Silicon Valley. The social reach of the week included 2,561 followers on Twitter, 4,823 likes on Facebook, and 656 pictures posted to Instagram. The volunteer position included event planning, securing event venues, coordinating volunteers, holding planning committee meetings, web updates, and social media posts.
Christina immersed herself in the Bay Area design scene and has attended hundreds of meetups, lectures, and panel discussions to continue her education after grad school. Her favorites include: Designers + Geeks, Products That Count, UX Happy Hour, and Makers Club. She has mentored for Cascade SF's UX Night providing design feedback, career advice, and guidance for aspiring product designers.
While Christina isn’t designing interfaces and sharing ideas with designers, she enjoys running the hills of San Francisco with SF Fun Run, skiing, camping, hiking, playing kickball, watching Syracuse & Warriors basketball, dancing the night away to tropical house music, painting landscapes, and cooking dinner for friends.