Christina began her career working with adult learners as part of a team that rebuilt an ESL program in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, scaling the program from serving 90 learners in 2006 when she arrived to almost 800 learners annually when she left for graduate school in 2009. She has over 15 years of experience working in nonprofits, higher education, and adult education in 4 states. She has extensive experience working in ESL, specifically with university-level programming, and has had the privilege of working with learners from over 80 countries. She has served as an academic/career advisor at both the undergraduate and adult education level and also supported adults on their journeys to obtain their GEDs. She was drawn to working at Merit because of its intersection between education and workforce development and its focus on working with low-wage earning adults who were ready to make a change in their lives. She holds a BA in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is back in her hometown of Pittsburgh where she lives with her husband and son. When she is not working, she can be found gardening, working on furniture restoration projects, learning a new craft, or planning her next travel adventure.