Major Gifts Officer
Planned Parenthood of Montana
Christina has over 10 years of development experience and comes to Planned Parenthood of Montana from the Planned Parenthood South Atlantic in Asheville where she worked as the Director of Philanthropy. Offering her perspectives on moving to Western Montana, Christina commented, “I experienced Missoula for the first time a few years ago and instantly loved it.” Christina grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts and is a huge Red Sox fan. She moved out west in 1998 to continue her education and has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in non-profit organization. Prior to working with Planned Parenthood of Montana, Christina also served as the development officer for Intermountain Healthcare, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah in Salt Lake City, and as the community coordinator for South Valley Sanctuary, a domestic violence shelter in Utah.
Who are your sheroes?
Too many to list. I can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one. My family is full of strong smart women. I have always had women bosses that have fostered my talents and been great examples of accomplished leaders. I have great co-workers who work hard to fill Planned Parenthood’s mission, friends who build me up so I have the confidence to reach for my dreams and numerous mentors who have dedicated many hours to help me advance my career.
And of course, Beyonce.
What technology do you love and recommend to others? What about books, ideas or podcasts?
I listen to a lot of Podcasts since I frequently travel to visit Planned Parenthood of Montana supporters. Modern Love, Science Vs, Reply All, Popaganda, Death, Sex & Money, Radiolab, This American Life, Planet Money, Freakonomics Radio, 2 Dope Queens, Stuff You Should Know, More Perfect, to name a few.
I am thinking of starting my own Podcast. Here are some ideas- “This American Knife.” I go to different knife factories in the U.S. and interview the manufactures. “The Dave Radio Hour” – I interview my friends named Dave. Lastly, “Stuff you Should Grow.” I interview Master Gardeners.
How do you reboot?
Usually through physical activities; hiking, biking, backpacking, yoga, and dance. If you pass by my house on any given night you will probably see me dancing to Beyonce. These hands need to “jazz.”
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Usually I consider my most recent accomplishment to be my biggest accomplishment. Recently, some great women leaders helped Planned Parenthood organize an inter-generational conversation about reproductive rights and sexual health in Helena. During this Jeffersonian dinner guests listened, learned, and inspired one another through meaningful dialogue.
What is the mark you hope to leave on the world?
To continue to support Planned Parenthood of Montana’s critically important work to provide birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, abortion services, and much more to thousands of Montanans every year.
Words of wisdom you want to share with Montana women?
“This goes out to all my girls
That’s in the club rocking the latest
Who will buy it for themselves and get more money later” – Beyonce.