In 1995, Kristy graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with an emphasis on the Biological Sciences. She moved to California with her husband and finished pre-requisite courses needed to enter a Physical Therapy program in Orange, California. In 1999 Kristy graduated from Chapman University with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. From 1999 to 2001, Kristy honed her skills as a Physical Therapist, working in a variety of settings including a Level One Trauma Unit and outpatient clinics in California and Virginia, where she moved in 2000. Kristy found her true passion in the field of Physical Therapy in 2004 as an Early Intervention Specialist, serving children aged birth to three, and their families, through the Early Intervention Program. Kristy has worked in both Fairfax County and Loudoun County, helping hundreds of families. Currently Kristy works in Loudoun County and considers her work a true vocation.
In 1998, Kristy’s Mom, Margy Jost, became a founding member of a charity called Growing Hope. When Kristy returned from California to Virginia, she began helping her Mom with various jobs for Growing Hope (GH). Kristy was offered a position on the GH Board in approximately 2007. Kristy assisted the Board of GH with the distribution of Kings Dominion tickets, purchasing food for the clinic, coordination of the annual spring picnic, and distribution of scholarships to survivors to assist in their college costs.
Kristy learned of Mattie Miracle through her Mom, Margy Jost. Through Kristy’s work with GH and watching her Mom’s work with both GH and Mattie Miracle, she saw the deep value of providing non-medical, psychosocial support for children undergoing cancer treatment and their families. Kristy is honored to continue her Mom’s legacy by joining the Board of Mattie Miracle.
Kristy lives in South Riding, Virginia with her husband and three children.