Kristen grew up in Maryland and she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of Maryland. During her senior year of college, a group of friends got together and started an informal CrossFit group on campus. It was then that she fell in love with CrossFit and never looked back. After graduation, she pursued careers that focused on helping others to pursue health and fitness. Those pursuits led her to a career as manager of a fitness center in Washington, D.C. and then as a teacher of physical education in the Maryland public school system. During all this time, Kristen continued to attend her local CrossFit affiliate and earned her Level 1 in 2013. Shortly after that, she began coaching part-time. In 2018, she also earned her Level 2 certification. When she moved to Florida in the summer of 2018, she decided to pursue coaching CrossFit full time, eventually landing at the wonderful CrossFit Waterside. Kristen has a passion for helping every member realize their potential and reach their goals. When she isn’t at the gym, you can find her hanging out poolside with her toes in the water.