Chrysta went to the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, where she received a B.S. in Biopsychology/Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Psychology. After college she volunteered with Americorps, first in Washington State with InterMountain Americorps, and the following year in Arkansas with Pfeiffer Camp, an alternative camp-school program.
Returning to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2001, she began work as the Education Coordinator for the K30 Training Program in Clinical Research at the University of Michigan, which later evolved into a Program Manager position for the K12 and K30 Training Programs’ office. Her experience in the K12/K30 program office provided an opportunity for her to be exposed to clinical research from an educational perspective, thereby piquing her interest in the field.
Chrysta is the Clinical Project Manager for the 23-site multicenter, observational clinical research project NEPTUNE (Nephrotic Syndrome Network Study – www.neptune-study.org). Her primary responsibilities with the team include overseeing the study protocol, training staff, maintaining regulatory documentation for network sites across the U.S. and Canada, as well as offering expertise in up and coming related research. She is also a Project Monitor for the CureGN study (Cure Glomerulonephropathies – www.curegn.org) which is a sister study to the NEPTUNE project, following nephrotic syndrome participants over the course of their disease in 63 centers across the U.S., Canada, and Italy.
When not at the University, Chrysta enjoys cycling, running, reading, tennis, traveling, and spending time with her family – particularly having fun with awesome nieces and nephews.