Though her parents named her Christine, most people call her Chris (with the exception of a few friends who love to call her Chrisardis). Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Chris moved to McAllen in 1983 to teach and to get away from the harsh winters. She retired five years ago after 29 years of teaching.
Chris is the editor of our weekly newspaper, Welcome Home Winter Texan. She is also a freelance writer, editor, and social-media manager for other local companies, a writing coach for IDEA Toros, and a sales coordinator for Tony Roma’s and Macaroni Grill.
Unable to choose one favorite book, among those she cherishes most are The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. One quotation she tries to live by is, “Never argue with stupid people; they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience,” which is often attributed to Mark Twain, though it seems that cannot be confirmed. Regardless, Chris feels it’s on point.
Chris’ favorite spot in the RGV is the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle in San Juan, a place where she finds peace and solace in a noisy and sometimes difficult world. Chris has never experienced the Los Ebanos Ferry, said to be the only hand-operated ferry remaining in the U.S., but she is determined to do so.
An interesting fact many people don’t know about Chris is that her school, St. Cecilia’s in Peoria, was taken hostage when she was in sixth grade, long before it sadly became commonplace.
Chris is dedicated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, suicide awareness and prevention, and fighting for public education and public-ed employees’ and retirees’ benefits. She also loves attending Welcome Home RGV events, especially when Winter Texans are boogying down at the Winter Texan Expo. (One of these days, she’s going to get brave enough to join you.)
If you would like to know the guidelines and deadlines for submitting stories and pictures to Chris for Welcome Home Winter Texan, send her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.