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 for supporting 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 rewarding. Kristina finds her position as the Director of the Outreach & Community Partnerships Department extremely fulfilling, allowing her to be wholeheartedly committed to student success.