Christine advanced through the Cooper Tire Lean Six Sigma program to gain her Black Belt certification, both internally and internationally, through the American Society of Quality. Through this effort, she completed projects that resulted in major cost savings and learned valuable problem solving tools to use every day. Christine uses these same tools to mentor green belts as they improve processes throughout the plant. The tools gained through her certification journey helped to facilitate her transition from Engineer to Manager, and have been instrumental in making her a better leader, mentor, problem solver, and decision maker. She was effective in quickly earning the respect of her peers and developing a management style to keep her department moving forward as a cohesive team.
Christine is an active mentor for the company’s engineering coop/interns, choosing challenging and rewarding projects so they can gain a greater understanding of what engineers do in the manufacturing environment. Christine enjoys seeing the students develop over time and truly believes that students with internship experience are more likely to be competitive for career-level positions than those who do not intern.
She runs the United Way campaign within the Texarkana plant - organizing a Bass Tournament, Golf Tournament, and the annual employee giving campaign. Last year she was asked to represent Cooper Tire as the chair for the United Way of Greater Texarkana campaign for the entire region. Christine also volunteers as a wish granter for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Christine participates in other community activities including coaching local youth volleyball and basketball teams, and helping with Habitat for Humanity builds.