Kristi is from Commerce, Texas and has seen Texas A&M University-Commerce evolve from its time as East Texas State University. She began her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce, but completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music at Texas State University, graduating with cum laude status in 1997. Having spent the majority of her life as a classically trained pianist, Kristi continued her education with a Master’s in Music from Texas Tech University in 1999. Upon graduating, Kristi’s career path became built upon retail management roles in department stores such as Belk’s, JCPenney and Walmart. During the course of 20 years, she received multiple customer service and top sales producer awards. Kristi has served as the administrative assistant to the Associate Vice President and Chief Budget Officer and as the business coordinator for the Rayburn Student Center since coming to A&M-Commerce. She currently serves as an elected member of Staff Council as Residential Living and Learning’s administrative coordinator.
How I Can Help You
I help students by fulfilling customer service requests specific to housing contracts, housing operations, meal plans and general university inquiries.
A Conversation with Kristi
What do you like most about your career?
I enjoy making a difference in the lives of those whom I serve.
What is a challenge you have had to overcome?
In 2018, I fell down some stairs and suffered a horrific injury causing me to be in and out of the hospital. I was mostly immobile for the majority of an entire year. I’m grateful to so many who have supported me through recovery. Despite all odds, I can now give to others in return while still serving as a Lion.
What is your favorite thing to do around Commerce?
I enjoy taking my dog out for walks around the neighborhood and eating out with colleagues from campus during lunch hours.
What makes you laugh?
Pinterest animal photos.
What do you like to do for fun?
When time permits, cycling, gardening, crafts, and traveling.
- MM, Piano Pedagogy & Performance, Texas Tech University, 1999
- BM, Piano Pedagogy & Performance, Texas State University-San Marcos, 1997
Awards and Honors
- WorkDay Champion, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2018
- Supervisor of the Month, Walmart, 2013 & 2015
- Customer Service Award, Walmart, 2012 & 2015
- Staff Council, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2020