Christine began her career with NRCS and Conservation Districts in 1991. While in college she worked as a temporary employee and later held positions as Soil Conservation Technician, Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator in Iowa, and plant materials specialist in Colorado. During these experiences she worked extensively with vegetative and structural erosion control techniques, wetland delineation and restoration, tallgrass prairie restoration, prescribed burn planning and implementation, organizational development, facilitation, and staff training and development. Her professional experience includes a hiatus from federal government during which time she worked as restoration ecologist and botanist. She has also held appointments at the University of Iowa as research botanist resulting in two patents and teaching assistant for plant propagation, economic botany, and spring flora. She was elected to serve as District Soil and Water Commissioner for two terms.
She is fluent in German and received her B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Botany and German from the University of Iowa. Christine grew up in the foothills of the Swiss Alps in Germany, where she first developed her passion for plants and moved to rural Iowa at age twelve. Christine, her husband John and daughter Anna, own and operate a small certified organic farm in Iowa, where they are actively restoring tallgrass prairie and exploring perennial crop production alternatives for the past seventeen years. She serves as treasurer for the Iowa Hops Cooperative and is a founding officer of employee organization, WIN, the National Organization of Professional Women In NRCS, where she holds the title of Past President.
In 2015 she accepted the position as liaison to the National Park Service serving as Revegetation Technical Advisor and offering assistance to National Parks across the county. She enjoys providing training for a variety of courses including, prescribed burns, wetland delineation, plant id, riparian assessment and conservation planning. She is passionate about WiN and facilitating ways to develop employees fullest professional potential and developing organizational capacity. In her spare time she enjoys once again living close to a mountain range, spending time with her daughter, studying plants, baking bread, and knitting.