Kristina Bethel was born and raised in Modesto, California. She is a proud alumnus of Modesto Junior College and California State University Stanislaus where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Kristina developed the desire to work in higher education due to her positive experiences at Modesto Junior College; with that desire to work in higher education coupled with her passion to support students in achieving their educational goals Kristina became a part of the Yosemite Community District in 2010. She has remained in the Student Services Division at MJC as she finds serving students and the community to be rewarding. Kristina finds her position as a Student Success Specialist fulfilling as it allows her to be wholeheartedly committed to student success.