Staff Spotlight: Christine Carter

Christine is one of our fantastic Field Directors. In her role she handles a lot of logistics for our field staff and programming department. She’s also usually one of the first people that our clients meet on campus, as she assists with the enrollment process. That is a gift for everyone involved– because Christine has a natural way of making people feel comfortable and welcoming them to our community!

How long have you been working at Summit? What is your current role? 

I have been at Summit since May 2022 – just about a year and a half! 

Tell us about yourself! What about your life/background drew you to working at Summit?

I have always enjoyed being in nature because it is where I feel the most centered and it grounds me. It contributes a lot to balancing my mental and emotional state, and I believe in nature’s ability to restore balances in the body, the mind and the spirit. Also, my belief in the power of the mind has always made me curious about how and what others are doing to develop and support the optimal function of their minds. The ways in which we choose to integrate our thinking and our belief into any situation shapes our outcomes, and that realization highlighted for me the importance of keeping the mind healthy. So what drew me to Summit was the combination of working in mental health and using natural spaces as a resource to help clients find that balance again.

What is your favorite part about working at Summit?

My favorite part of working at Summit is the community atmosphere that we foster and maintain here. I have never worked in an environment where you are encouraged to be who you are, recognizes and accepts your humanness, and still challenges you to be the best version of yourself. Everyone here is so welcoming, accepting and caring, not just for our clients, but also for each other as co-workers. That sense of community is so powerful to me. 

What is one thing you wish you could tell students who are thinking about enrolling at Summit? 

Vulnerability and being open to new challenges can be scary, yet leaning in to that vulnerability and openness gives you the power to take back what fear steals from you everyday. That is what makes vulnerability beautiful.

What do you like to do in your free time? 

So many things. Dancing, cooking, yoga, hiking, biking, crafting, decorating, swimming, painting, singing, playing musical instruments, listening to music, watching tv, playing and watching sports, learning foreign languages, connecting with people, napping, and self-care. Not an exhaustive list, but you get the point. I like doing things!