Crystal believes in the core values and the power of connection provided by Friends of the Children. She was excited to join the staff after having served for several years on the chapter's Ambassador Board. Crystal is almost a local, having lived in Klamath Falls since she was 12. She is a graduate of Henley High and earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in marketing from Oregon Tech. Aside from a brief stint in graduate school for library and information studies through the University of Washington, she has dedicated her career to building a better community in the Klamath Basin, working primarily in education (Klamath Learning Center, Oregon Tech and Klamath Union) and nonprofit arts management (Ross Ragland Theater, Arts on the Flyway). She is proud to sit on the Advisory Board for SMART Reading and the Board of Directors for the Linkville Playhouse, and she serves as Artistic Director for the Little Linkville Program, which aims to offer access to the arts for children of all ages and economic means. Crystal's pyredoodle, Soba, is equally committed to children, accompanying her to work each Wednesday to serve as an emotional support dog and nonjudgmental reaching coach.