A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Krissy earned her law degree at the College of William & Mary, where she served on the Journal of Environmental Law. She went on to receive a Masters in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, cum laude.
Krissy began her career in Denver, Colorado as the staff attorney for a nonprofit environmental organization focusing on land use, transportation and air quality issues. In 1997, she relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and practiced law at a large corporate law firm, specializing in government relations, health care, environment and public utilities regulation.
Krissy left private practice to join the public sector in 2003 where she served as the Assistant to the Commissioner / Legislative Liaison for the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance under Governor Phil Bredesen. Krissy then moved to the Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration in January, 2009 where she served as a Health Policy Analyst for the Benefits Administration Division until September, 2015. While at Benefits Administration (which oversees employment benefits for all state employees in Tennessee), she developed, drafted and evaluated procurement projects for the State Employee Health Plan, and prepared federal grant proposals. Beginning in 2006, Krissy split her time between government employment and free lance writing projects.
In November, 2015 Krissy became a founding trustee and Vice President for the KMZ Foundation, a newly formed private family foundation promoting animal welfare and supporting individuals facing financial, emotional and medical challenges. An avid animal lover, Krissy also served on the Nashville Humane Association’s Board of Directors for several years and worked pro bono on animal protection issues. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, two sons and dogs.