Program Coordinator, Natural Resources Programs
An east-coast native, Christine received her BA in Russian/East European Studies and Music Composition, as well as her MA in Russian, from Middlebury College in Vermont . She has spent a total of two academic years in Russia (Smolensk and Moscow) studying Russian language and literature; she also spent a year in Copenhagen, Denmark, as an AFS exchange student. She speaks Russian well, but her Danish has suffered somewhat from lack of practice.
She moved to Portland in August of 2001. For four years she worked at the World Affairs Council of Oregon, where she managed a US State Department-sponsored professional development program for groups of visitors from the former Soviet Union . In September of 2006 she joined the ELI staff as the Program Coordinator for the Natural Resources Portfolio, which includes the Executive Seminar Program, the Leadership Development Program for the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Natural Resource Policy, Values and Economics Seminar, the Introduction to Collaborative Governance workshop, and the Watershed Management Professional Program.
Christine loves hiking, camping, and fantasy novels; her long-term goals include writing a book, to which end she has participated in the National Novel Writing Month twice. She is also involved with a medieval reenactment club, where she studies and recreates clothing from medieval Russia. She lives in a 1912 bungalow with her domestic partner and their young son.