Kristen grew up in Coatesville, Pennsylvania about an hour outside Philadelphia. In 1997, she graduated from Juniata College with dual degrees in International Business and German. She also spent a year abroad at the Fachhochschule Muenster in Germany studying business, and studied Mandarin Chinese for 8 years before working for a summer in Taiwan.
After founding and serving as President of the organization, Kristen has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. A proud Army wife, Kristen now serves OTA from her home base. With a successful career with PPG Industries, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she has worked in Sales, Corporate Finance and Marketing, she is now focused on her most important initiative being a mother. She is an alum of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.
In May of 2017, Kristen retired as CEO & Chairman of the Board. We are grateful for her service to OTA and the brave troops and veterans we serve.