By Debra Hartman, senior director, Columbia College of Missouri-Crystal Lake

Kris started with Columbia College-Crystal Lake as our student support assistant in early November. She has been a welcomed addition to our staff with her excellent organizational and customer service skills, and in this time of COVID, when all of us are on high alert, Kris brings her own brand of contagious disease – LAUGHTER!  Trust us, the rest of you are seriously missing out on Kris’s infectious laugh!  It is something you WANT to catch.

In addition to her world-class laugh, here are a few more fun facts about Kris…

Crystal Lake Student Support Assistant Crusita (Kris) Ortiz
Crystal Lake Student Support Assistant Crusita (Kris) Ortiz

Q:   What Kind of Music Do you Like?
A:    Smooth Jazz

Q:   What’s the best place you’ve traveled to?
A:    Lima, Peru

Q:   What is something you are proud of?
A:    Getting along with my mother-in-law 😊

Q:   What’s your favorite food?
A:    Anything Latin/Spicy

Q:   Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
A:    I was an extra in one of the Transformer movies and met the Director Michael Bay in person.

Q:   What show are you currently binge-watching?
A:    The Chosen

Q:   What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
A:    Remodel my home

Q:   What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
A:    Mistakes are learning experiences, not life sentences

Q:   If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?
A:    Patience

Q:   If you could give your past self advice, what would it be?
A:    Trust your gut instinct

Q:   What is your idea of a perfect day?
A:    No agenda

Q:   What’s something that recently made you smile?
A:    Last session of Foundations training

Q:   What do you pretend to hate but actually love?
A:    Dessert