Chris comes from humble beginnings born to a teenage mother with 3 children. Her single mom reared them in the church, and that was their saving grace. Chris became a teacher, serving God in the classroom. Her dream was to use her gift and serve God "outside the 4 walls of the classroom." With her radio show, Pills and Skills, and ministry work, she is living her dream.
Chris earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has taught middle and high school English and held a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Education appointment at Claflin University and USC Upstate. Her research area focuses on closing the achievement gap between low-income, minority students, and their white middle-class peers, and improving educational opportunities for teen moms and their children. She is the founder of Teen Moms Anonymous-- a support group and recovery program for teen/single moms who need to heal from violence and abuse.
Chris was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder over 10 years ago. She has gone from
to where she is today—in a place of knowledge and understanding that Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder. It is a biological and neurological condition. One's environment plays a major role, especially in stressful situations and childhood trauma. Bipolar disorder has nothing to do with intellect and it doesn't determine your identity as a Christian.
Chris manages her professional life and living with bipolar disorder with medication (pills) and coping skills (skills). Hence the name of her radio show, Pills and Skills. She has been on her journey of recovery for over 13 years and with her radio show, she combines her real-life experience, education and research to "bring recovery to listeners". Her show airs every Sunday night at 8 pm. on Rejoice 96.9 - Greenville's contemporary Urban Gospel station.