Crista Peterson graduated from PUC in 1983 and five years ago decided to come back to our favorite ‘College on the Mountain’! Crista is the executive assistant for Student Life as well as the international student advisor which means she gets to work very closely with lots of current students as well as incoming students. There’s a great chance you’ll see Crista around campus so let’s get to know a little bit about her!
What brought you to PUC? How/Why did you decide to work here?
I arrived in this area when I was 9-years-old with my family. I attended PUC Elementary, Prep, and college. When I graduated from college, I left to pursue work in my field. I then went on to pursue a master’s degree at another university. After 20 plus years living and working in the U.S. and internationally (SE Asia), I returned to Napa Valley to be closer to my family. Because of my international experience, I had an interest in working with international students. I have always had fond memories of my time at PUC and wanted to give back in some way.
What is the best thing about being a part of the Pioneers family?
It’s wonderful to connect with the students and provide some support in their life and career journey. There is so much individuality and diversity on this campus, and it’s special to be a part of this. The campus and surrounding areas are beautiful and inspiring. The spiritual component is also a huge blessing.
Where is your favorite place to eat in the Valley and why?
Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen in St. Helena. I’ve adopted a vegan, plant-based diet and this restaurant has some delicious cuisine options in the “plant-based” category.
What is something you can do/want to do that might be surprising for people to learn?
I have traveled extensively, but I have not visited the Bible lands and have not been on an African Safari. I would like to do this.
What is one song you’re listening to on repeat lately?
Lauren Daigle – “Rescue” and “How Great Thou Art”
Who is someone you admire and why?
General Colin Powell. He was present at an international conference I attended. He has had an amazing career and is a person of high integrity. I bought one of his books and plan to read it.
Finish this sentence: On Sunday mornings you can find me …
Sipping ginger tea, cooking, and juicing. I like to start the day off with a substantial meal.