Kristy has served as an advocate for military and veteran families for over 12 years and is a subject matter expert regarding the mental health impacts of war on military families. Her publications and media appearances include the Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, CNN, NBC and ABC. Kristy has been a speaker and panelist at numerous conferences across the country, and has addressed congress about the gaps in military mental health challenges facing military and veteran family members. In her role as the Executive Director of the Code of Support Foundation, she combines her first-hand experience as a wartime Army wife, with her knowledge of research, programs and organizational strategies to raise awareness, inform policies and facilitate the public-private collaborations necessary to meet the needs of the military and veteran community. She is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, and a native of New Rochelle, NY.