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About Christie

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 eventually deferred completion of her undergraduate studies to promote within Walmart. 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 multi-million 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 now holds a B.A. in both Economics and Political Science from the University of Arkansas, and works as a graduate assistant as she completes her Master's Degree.

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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