Christy has guided her life based on the foundation she received from her parents, growing up as a miner’s daughter, in a small Idaho towns. This foundation consists of belief in God, family, hard work and patriotism.
Christy attended Ricks College, Brigham Young University and Phoenix University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and a Masters Degree in Counseling.
Christy served the people in Bolivia La Paz for 18 months learning to speak fluent spanish.
She married in 1992 and welcomed into her family three wonderful children Kari, John, and Sam. Through her personal experiences as an effective mother, civic duties, and education Christy realized there were many youth who were at a disadvantage due to lack of parental involvement and caring. To help these youth learn the skills necessary to effectively contribute to society Christy opened White Pine Boys Ranch for young men ages 12 to 18 and DayBreak Equestrian Center for young women ages 12 to 18. From 2006 to current Christy helped over 150 youth make positive changes in their lives.
Philosophy on Parenting
I have spent my professional career helping children from dysfunctional homes try to overcome ineffective parent models and decisions. Through that process and the raising of my own children my parenting philosophy cemented in the fundamental concepts of set the example, offer unconditional love, set rules which you do not compromise, and always be at the crossroads.
Over and over again the youth in the centers I opened made poor decisions by following in the foot steps of their parents and always they told me all they wanted was for their parents to be there. These youth increased my resolve to be there for them and for my children and to never be afraid to have my children follow in my footsteps.
I have sat on cold benches to watch games in which my children either played in or were bench warmers. I have listened to recitals were twinkle twinkle received as much accolade as if Beethoven 5th concerto had been played and held hands of children with broken hearts or sick stomaches. Parenting is about time and love. It is not complicated and its worth has no price.
How Being a Mother Has Impacted My Life
I have served in my community as a state and county delegate, a precinct chair, planning and zoning commissioner, homeowners association president, and candidate for the Utah House of Representatives. In 2000 I served as Utah’s Young Mother of the Year, 2002 President of the Utah Counselors Association.
In 2002 I opened the Family Development Center, a small therapeutic clinic which helped individuals find balance and overcome difficulties in their lives. I specialized in treating individuals who had been sexually abused as children.
In 2006 I opened an equine center for troubled youth ages 12 to 18. Over the past 6 years I have been activity involved in making a difference in the lives of over 200 youth on probation, and in department of child and family services custody. I have created jobs for 50 individuals and helped to support small rural communities.
Currently my business is extending to meet the needs of the aging and home bound population by offered in home mental health services.
I believe everyone should give back to the community in which they live and the way to do that is through first, service at home, second to your extended family, then in your faith and finally to your community. I try to live every moment to its fullest and love a challenge.