Christine works as a consulting arborist for the Davey Tree Company under contract by the USDA to survey for the Asian Longhorned Beetle (an exotic wood boring beetle that has infested trees in the Worcester area). She has a Master's in Conservation Biology and Applied Ecology. From Grafton, Massachusetts, Christine was mainstreamed at Grafton Memorial High where she was also mentored by teachers from the Clarke School for the Deaf. Despite her severe bilateral hearing loss, she excelled academically. She has had a lifelong strong interest in animals, and worked at a local kennel and volunteered for the New England Assistive Dog Services.