Christie is the “woman behind the curtain” at Growing Places Indy, working to keep operations running smoothly in support of our many initiatives, people and programs. A native of Chicago, Christie fled the Midwest to pursue her dream of becoming a park ranger, living and working in Colorado and California. A few years later, she was back to get her master’s degree in environmental education at Indiana University. Since then, she has worked for several nonprofit organizations, honing her leadership, adult education and organizational skills. She joined Growing Places Indy’s 2013 Summer Apprenticeship Program and began working for the organization in December 2013. She and her husband, Chris, are avid backyard gardeners and live in Keystone-Monon with their young son, a dog, a cat, five chickens and tens of thousands of bees.