And there are so many that she has been blessed with work-wise, that she sometimes forgets all
While Kristi was still in school she went to work for Joe Tennessen, at radio station KFKA. “I
“When I was at UNC, I went to my advisor, Bob Hess and asked to get an internship at a Denver
Later when Joe Tennessen was the Director of the Greeley-Weld County Habitat for Humanity,
Unlike a lot of people who have thousands of friends on social media, you get the impression
As folks will remember 2008 was the start of a recession and a lot of Kristi’s friends were saying
She told her members she wasn’t looking to make a lot of money but didn’t want to lose any
There’s a philanthropic component to NorCoWIB called “Sister to Sister/Pay It Forward” that
Kristi’s last job before retirement was with the West Greeley Conservation District, where she
“For the 1st time in 42 years, I’m not serving on a non-profit board. My husband insists I should
Given her vivacious personality a lot of people would be surprised to hear that Krisi says she is
When you move, what will your home tell its next owner, about you?
Kristi loves a beautiful yard. She thrives on growing things, that provide habitat areas for pollinators. And loves having an abundantly producing garden.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Intuitive, hard-working, loving
What was your first job and your worst job?
My parents owned the Mode ‘O Day (women’s clothing & Accessories) store in Greeley, I was a janitor, sales clerk, wrapped gifts, created window displays, unpacked freight, recorded bank deposits, etc.
I never experienced a “worst job” I always found good things to enjoy at every opportunity.
If there were one thing you would change about yourself, what would it be?
NOT to care so deeply about people and situations so I could turn off the head chatter and possibly sleep more.
What is your greatest indulgence? Loving my grandchildren – they bring total JOY!
What is a 'perfect down day' for you?
Working in my garden, enjoying the sunshine, making things grow, dead-heading, harvesting veggies, and sharing them with others. Enjoying a good book. A bike ride and/or a swim.
Favorite vacation spot?
I love and need the mountains and water…rivers, lakes, the ocean. It is spiritual and those parts of nature replenish my soul.
Who is the most interesting celebrity you ever met?
The everyday heroes. Ordinary people accomplishing amazing things.
Do you have any pets?
I love all the dogs we have raised, and the cats, horses, pigs, and chickens too.
We didn’t rescue the dogs, they rescued us! Currently - Zoe!
Which talent would you most like to have?
My Dad died unexpectedly my freshman year at UNC. He had the most beautiful baritone voice and sang at weddings, funerals and in the Elks Chorus. It would be wonderful to have that gift to share with others.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Never giving up! Push, Pull or get out of the way! Learning from Failures.
I hope it is yet to come!
What is your most treasured possession?
Every day since August of 2014 I have worn a necklace with my deceased son, Joey’s finger print on it close to my heart.
Favorite books / writers? I love books and learning. I hope to one day write a book! I loved working for the Weld Library District.
My first favorite book was introduced to me by Dr. Earl Reum, a Colorado educator and youth leadership mentor who ran conference like Camp Chili when I was 16.
- The Greatest Salesman in the World, by Augustine “Og” Mandino Still my favorite!
- To a Child LOVE is spelled T-i-m-e…what a child really needs from you by Mac Anderson & and Lance Wubbels - - - Inspired by Art Linkletter
- The Broken Way a daring path into the abundant life by Ann Voskamp
- Roundtrip Ticket An exercise in Going Home to Your Heart by Belaine Dishong
- For One More Day by Mitch Albon
- Falling Out of Grace Meditations on Loss, Healing and Wisdom, by Sobonfue.Some’
- Dolly Parton–Songteller, My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton with Robert K. Oermann
Favorite CD / recent concert or show?
I love Christmas music and filling our home with songs sung by: Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Vienna Boys Choir, Nat King Cole, Lady Antebellum, Men II Boys, Bing Crosby, Faith Hill, Barbra Streisand, Michael Bolton, Diana Ross, James Taylor, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Peggy Lee, Harry Bellafonte, Rosemary Clooney, Pat Boone, Julie Andrews, Pink, Michael Buble, Straight No Chaser, Perry Como, The Temptations, Luther Vandross, The Lettermen, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Diana Ross, Vince Gill, Kenny G, The TEN Tenors, Chicago, Kelly Clarkson, El Alicia Keys, DIVO, on and on…
Concerts: Amy Grant Concert, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra
Which social events are your favorite?
Friends of A Woman’s Place - Celebrating Women Gala & Weld Food Bank’s Stone Soup
What are your volunteer activities?
I launched a women’s networking group - Northern Colorado Women in Business (NorCoWIB) in January of 2009 following the recession, at the request of many female friends. It was always a “side hustle” to my fulltime job(s). I served on numerous Nonprofit volunteer boards for 42 years. As the first Marketing/Communications Director for United Way of Weld County I learned how many peoples’ lives are touched by the efforts of these organizations.
As our NorCoWIB TRIBE grew we kept evolving and enriching our businesses with more options and added our Sister-to-Sister/Pay it Forward monthly philanthropy. We are committed to support local and spending our money with one another’s businesses and the charities impacting our community. Our members have invested $23,920 from 2018 through December of 2023 back into the lives of people in our Community.
Some of the charities are: A Woman’s Place, Life Stories Child & Family Advocacy, Weld Women2Women, Greeley/Weld Habitat for Humanity, the Weld Food Bank, Genesis Project, Envision, People with Developmental Disabilities, Whispering Hearts Therapy Horses, Hope House, ACS’s Relay for Life, Zac’s Legacy Fund, Partners Mentoring Youth, The Success Foundation and The Dream Team through School District 6. We build homes, assemble food baskets, host mentoring youth and job shadowing, coordinate silent auctions and collaboratively sponsor events and dream up new fundraising events.
If your life were a movie, who would play your part?
Someone approachable who loves people and life; and who can laugh at all the imperfection.
Favorite restaurant ?
Any place that serves gluten-free & dairy-free options I enjoy seafood and fresh trout
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Set the bar high and keep working!
When you sacrifice for who and what you LOVE, the return is greater than you could ever imagine!
What is your motto?
Be kind to others; give everyone a smile - it doesn’t cost a thing and it could be the best gift a person will get on any given day, so SMILE. Friends are worth their weight in gold!
What’s always in your fridge?
Eggs, veggies, apples, berries, & dark chocolate
What’s something that a lot of people don’t know about you?
I would like one more HUG from Joey!
My heart aches missing the people I love and have lost.
Life is hard – everyday, but it is worth the work!
A private cry sometimes is necessary.