Kris has 35 years of corporate, academic and professional society leadership experience in environmental health and safety (EHS), sustainability and engineering. She has led global EHS operations for Fortune 100 companies, including GE, Tyco, UTC, ABB/CE and currently serves as Vice President EHS & Sustainability with Baxter International, Inc.
Kris earned a B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University, and an Executive MBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in nine states; a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists; a Certified Safety Professional, Diplomate; Water Resources Engineer; and an ENVISIONTM Sustainability Professional.
For several years, Kris was a visiting lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and previously served on its alumni board. She was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at the University of Connecticut, School of Engineering, and presently serves on both the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering advisory boards. Kris is also an advisory board member of ehsAI, an artificial intelligence developer for EHS compliance, and a board member at large for the Abundant Environment Foundation, and a board member of the World Environment Center (WEC).
An active member in many professional organizations, Kris is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, past President of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES), and a former President of the National Association of Environmental Managers (NAEM). In November 2019, Kris was selected as an honoree in the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.