Meet the Staff: Kristina

1.     Tell us about yourself. 

I’m a native New Englander transplanted to El Paso by the military.  In 2016, I graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Master’s degree in Social Work and am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).  I have 16 years of experience working in the social services field with children and their families, transition aged youth, and the criminal justice population.

2.     Give us a description of what you do for the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center.  

As a Resiliency Navigator, I work with those who were impacted by the August 3rd 2019 tragedy by connecting them with resources and supports to assist them on their healing journey.

3.     Why is this work so important to our community?

By helping those impacted by this tragedy, the El Paso community heals together and becomes stronger. 

4.     What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center? 

As a native New Englander, I am used to a certain level of…aloof-ness (for lack of a better word) in interactions, the degree of compassion and friendliness in the El Paso community is a pleasant and welcome surprise.

5.     What interests you the most about your position at the El Paso Family Resiliency Center?

I have spent many years as a case manager for juvenile and transition aged populations.  While the position of Resiliency Navigator has many of the hallmarks of case management and, in many ways, serves a similar population, the reception of resources and supports offered is much different from those served through traditional case management.

6.     Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center team.

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Suess

“The future comes one day at a time.” - Dean Acheson

About El Paso United FRC: 

The El Paso United Family Resiliency Center (FRC) is a program led by the United Way of El Paso County. It serves as a place of healing and support dedicated to serving as a resource to those directly & indirectly impacted by the tragedy of August 3, 2019. Through resiliency navigators, the program offers personalized case management to connect individuals and families to credible programs and services that address their specific needs. The FRC also host a variety of events that allow for a shared healing process. Learn more.