Kris received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas and is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker. She previously worked as a researcher and trainer for the Wraparound Facilitation Training Project through the Center for Children & Families, a division of the KU School of Social Welfare and as a project assistant for the Kansas Mental Health Positive Behavior Support Project at the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support (KIPBS) at KU. Her background includes research assistant work with various projects through the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies including the Beach Center on Disability in the 1990s and more recently with the Communication Success and AAC Project. She worked in community mental health as both a Case Manager and Outpatient Therapist and has experience with individuals, families, and groups in home, office, and community-based settings. She was Assistant Director of Field Education for the KU School of Social Welfare between 2002 and 2007. She is the mother of two great kids, one of whom is the recipient of individualized planning services. She has also previously been involved with community-based advocacy groups such as the Lawrence Autism Society. Kris’s research interests include interagency collaboration, systems-of-care issues, and the use of proactive and preventative approaches to meet the needs of individuals and families.