In 2008, Kristine took an AmeriCorps job running a meal program for unhoused young people, and almost 50 hungry youth arrived on Kristine’s first night. What happened next was terrifying for a young, small-town white woman.
Her purse went missing, there were fights and screaming guests, and after this, Kristine vowed to never return, until something unexpected happened. A 17-year- old guest instantly turned the chaos into quiet, polite behavior with a single phrase.
This began Kristine’s journey of learning from those she served, people living in constant threat and conflict. Through their mentoring and hundreds of incidents, she began to see conflict as a place to deepen a connection and counter social inequity.
Kristine has since trained thousands of people on how to respond not react, and how to lean in and not lash out. She particularly enjoys working with women who are naturally skilled at de-escalation after they debunk the false narratives around gender roles. In her free time, she hangs out with her backyard ducks and sculpts scrap metal.
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