Surrounded by a large extended family, Christie grew up on a small farm just south of Ozark, Arkansas. A first-generation college student, she moved to Fayetteville in 1998 to attend the University of Arkansas but deferred her undergraduate studies the following year to promote within Walmart, where she’d started working during her junior year of high school. Once in Northwest Arkansas, through tenacity and supportive mentors, Christie’s business acumen earned her a series of promotions. By her mid-20s, Christie was a Store Manager for Walmart, responsible for directing the financial performance, HR functions, and daily merchandising operations of a multimillion-dollar business.
In 2016, after two decades with the company, Christie retired from Walmart and returned to the University of Arkansas to complete her undergraduate studies. Uniquely positioned as a non-traditional student returning to college after a long and successful career at a Fortune 500 company, she simultaneously had the opportunity to join UA staff in academic support as a Program Mentor and Supplemental Instruction teacher for Economics. Christie holds a B.A. in both Economics and Political Science from the University of Arkansas and is set to begin a graduate assistantship in the Sociology department in August 2018.
Christie and her partner Audra live in south Rogers and are proudly celebrating 15 years together this summer. While Audra has also made Walmart a career, her passion lies with animal advocacy, and she works tirelessly with the Rogers City Shelter, Humane Society and other local groups on behalf of abused/abandoned animals. Christie has been a long-standing advocate for diversity inclusion initiatives and volunteer with groups working with children. Both enjoy the outdoors, and going to the lake with their dogs. Christie also enjoys reading, painting, and spending time with friends and family.
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