“She was my No. 1 fan – any time I did well at something, whatever it was, she was the person I wanted to tell. I remember especially her big beaming smile. She was feisty, independent, and very strong. Didn’t have much, but she would have given a stranger her last dime. She taught me to be generous and kind.”
Christine grew up in Raceland, a small town on the periphery of Ashland, Kentucky. Her mother was trained as a nurse but stayed at home to be with her daughter and Christine’s younger brother. Her dad is a jet mechanic. Christine played tennis in high school. She played horribly, she says, but she enjoyed it. “Getting creamed on the court didn’t faze me.” The experience taught her to be a good sport, to lose gracefully. Not that she likes losing.
“I always wanted to get good grades. If I got a B, I’d be down on myself. If there was any pressure, it was pressure I put on myself. I was always over-prepared for school, although I don’t really think there is such a thing as being too ready. It gives me confidence to be prepared.”
She will tell you the best things ever to happen are her two small kiddos, Jacob and Kate. She says her son is the male version of her. “He’s very conscientious, thoughtful, happy. He has a serious side, a bit like a little old man in a three-year-old’s body. He knows when I have meetings and always asks how they went.”
She says Kate is more like her husband, Daniel, who she also describes as her best friend. “’Joyful’ is the best adjective for Kate. My husband is like that. He’s happy for no reason. The world could be falling apart, and he and Kate would be smiling, expecting something good to come of it.”
Christine is excited about going through all the stages of childhood and adolescence again with her kids. “I look forward to watching them play sports, being there for them when they fall, when they have their first best friends over to play, their first heartbreaks … or maybe they’ll be the heartbreakers.”
She is the Trust Counsel with Johnson Trust Company, a resource both for Portfolio Managers and estate planning clients. She finds she connects easily with people.
“It’s what I love about my work. You get to know people pretty quickly because you’re talking with them about all life’s deepest subjects – their families, their money, and their lives. You have to get to a truly personal connection in order for them to trust you, open up, and tell you what you need to know so you can really be helpful.”
“I want to be the professional worrier – the person people can give their worries to. I can do that. I have a gift for managing worries.”