Christy's first major involvement with Global Refuge was when she went with a team to Northern Uganda in 2006. She went to Prairie Bible Institute and earned an Associates degree in Bible and Missions, then started to work on a Bachelor's degree in International Studies at the University of Colorado. During this time, she became involved locally with refugees in Denver. After completing her degree, Christy eventually became the volunteer coordinator for Denver's largest refugee resettlement agency and worked extensively with a mentoring program that supported newly arrived refugees. She met her husband, Michael, while coordinating the program. 

Christy has cherished stories of people who have been displaced and has been inspired by their resiliency. She has experience collaborating with churches, schools, universities, clubs, and other non-profit organizations to achieve a common mission. Now she connects people to GRI's mission both locally and overseas. Her role is to mobilize GRI supporters to become a part of the work in whatever way their time, talents, and passions allow.