Greetings! My name is Christina Smith. I live in Morton, Illinois, the Pumpkin Capital of the World where Nestle cans nearly 75% of the world’s pumpkin. I have lived the majority of my life here in Central Illinois right between Chicago and St Louis. I attended Illinois State University where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology as well as a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Lab Science. I worked in the Chemistry lab at a local hospital for several years before deciding to become a stay at home mother and volunteer at our church and then later at our children’s school. I continue to volunteer today with both and was just recently elected PTO president for Morton High School. I have been married to my husband almost 25 years and we have three children. Our oldest, Stephanie (20), is a junior nursing major at the University of Alabama, Collin (18) will be a freshman mechanical engineering student this fall at the University of Alabama and our youngest, Carson (16) will be a junior in high school.
I have been a Military spouse and volunteer for over two decades. My husband is a retired Major with the Illinois Army National Guard. He enlisted between his junior and senior year of high school and went through Officer Candidate School between his sophomore and junior year of college. In total, he served for 23 years including a year deployment to Iraq in 2005 while our children were 5, 7, and 9. He retired in November of 2007. He has worked in his civilian job as a supply chain manager with Caterpillar for 23 years. In April of 2007, I took a position as a contractor with the Family Assistance Center for the Illinois Army National Guard. I thoroughly enjoyed this position for a little over ten years and loved assisting service members, veterans and their families and networking with local resources in the community. I am blessed and excited to be able to continue working with this population in my role as a McCormick Foundation Fellow with Blue Star Families.