Kriste graduated with a teaching degree from Eastern Oregon College and taught school in Enterprise, Oregon. Kriste then joined Parklane Northwest in Portland, Oregon as a Regional Manager for ten years. She served at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Psychological and Counseling Center from 1990 to 2018. She acts as the Administrative Manager and Financial Unit Manager at the UCC. Kriste enjoys dog training and playing canine fly ball with her two dogs.