Christy has been with the Academy since February 2008. She attended Northern Illinois University. Christy graduated with honors with a bachelor of fine arts degree in dance performance and a double minor in dance education and theatre arts. She is a member of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and has competed nationally and is a regional and national champion. Prior to her job with the Academy, she was the Arts/Dance Coordinator for the Elk Grove Park District for 12 years, where she was in charge of all visual and performing arts, applied programming and events.