Kristyn is a U.S Army veteran having served 19 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve in various positions which include Military Police, Food Service Specialist and varying levels of leadership and operational assignments within safety and security. Kristyn entered the U.S. Army in 2003 as a Private First Class as a Food Service Specialist. During her time on active duty, she was deployed to Camp Speicher, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and 2006. During both tours she was tasked with the safety and security of the dining facility she was assigned to work. In 2007, Kristyn received a ROTC Scholarship to attend Seattle University (SU) in Seattle, Washington. In 2010, She graduated from SU with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Military Science. Kristyn also commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve as Military Police Officer. She has served in many positions including Executive Officer, Commander, and Battle Captain.
Her most recent mobilization was in support of Operation Allies Welcome at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, where she served as Command Action Group (CAG) Executive Officer and co-lead with Department of Homeland Security for a newly created Women and children emergency respite center. She assisted the CAG OIC with Women, Peace, and Security initiatives ensuring the entire population of 13,000 Afghan refugees needs were being met with special emphasis on women, children, and disenfranchised men. This was accomplished through engagements, analysis, identifying trends and working with interagency, nonprofits, command, and staff to solve problems improving mission outcomes. Kristyn has nine-year’s experience currently working with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department as a Correctional Deputy. She has completed Crisis Intervention Training working in the Classification Unit tasked with interviewing and deciding the placement of inmates in a variety of congregate settings. She gathers intelligence and information to evaluate risk across several high-risk liability areas, mainly the female inmate population. Kristyn attended the Behavior Analysis Training Institute and is certified in Investigative interview and Interrogation. Kristyn’s husband Heith also works for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department as a Correctional Deputy, and they have two children Hank (son aged 7) and Charlee (daughter aged 3). Kristyn has received numerous awards during her time in the Army and as a Correctional Deputy.