Kristen is the Executive Director of the LEF. She has devoted her professional life and volunteer time to children and education. After receiving her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from Duke University, she taught elementary school through Teach for America in Houston and Nashville. She served as the Director of Education, Director, and Co-Owner of Sylvan Learning Center franchises in the St. Louis area. Prior to joining the LEF, she was the Senior Coordinator of Field Development for the Autism Speaks charitable organization. She has been active in the parent organizations of the Ladue Early Childhood Center and Spoede Elementary School, serving as Treasurer, President, and Committee Chair. Kristen lives in Creve Coeur and has two children in the Ladue School District.