Kristen joined the Northgate team in June of 2009. She also works full-time for the Illinois Natural History Survey. Kristen graduated from Parkland College Veterinary Technology program in 2009. She obtained her B.S. degree in Environmental Science in 2019. Originally from Minonk, IL, Kristen now lives locally with her spouse and their child. Their pets include Jingles, a Lab mix and Alfie a Schnauzer/Chinese Crested mix adopted from the Humane Society. She also has cats named Sampson, Delilah and Thumbs. Kristen enjoys hiking, gardening and birding.