Cristina was raised in the impoverished Socialist Republic of Romania, where her family faced extreme prejudice for their Christian faith. As a child, Cristina was adversely affected by the Chernobly disaster in bordering Russia. The effects of the extreme air pollution created significant health challenges she would have to overcome throughout her youth – even leading to severe pregnancy complications. At the age of 18, Cristina immigrated to the United States in search of freedom, opportunity, and an escape from the Socialist policies that devastated Eastern Europe.
Cristina married her fiancée, Adrian, in 1992 and they decided to move to the Inland Empire. She had little money but a strong work ethic and passion for education, so she took a full-time job at a manufacturing plant while raising her young son and attending full-time coursework at San Bernardino Valley Community College. She transferred to California State University, San Bernardino where she earned her bachelor’s degree. After earning her undergraduate degree, Cristina pursued her passion for education by earning her teaching credentials. In 2006, she graduated from National University with a master’s degree in Education.
Cristina began her teaching career at Colton Joint Unified School District in 2004. As a teacher, Cristina witnessed first-hand the issues that plague California’s education system. She decided to take action by joining her association’s leadership team. Cristina’s involvement as Vice President of the Association of Colton Educators opened her eyes to the massive Sacramento bureaucracy that causes gridlock at the local level in California. Cristina introduced initiatives and policies to streamline local government – earning her the recognition of “Trailblazer” by her association and the distinguished WHO (We Honor Ours) Award from the California Teachers Association.
Cristina is passionate about improving the lives of others. As a teenager, Cristina volunteered at orphanages and assembled care packages for children. In 1998, Cristina and her husband sponsored their first child through World Vision, and they’ve now sponsored five additional children through the program. An active member of her church, Cristina serves as the Sunday School Director and an Ambassador for the Salt & Light.
Cristina is an active member of numerous committees throughout the Inland Empire. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Colton – Yucaipa – Redlands ROP as well as the San Bernardino County Drug and Gang Task Force and the Redlands Cultural Arts Council. She also volunteers with several organizations that provide food, clothing, and assistance to the homeless – including Hands of Mercy, San Bernardino Family Center, Blessings Center in Redlands, and Refresh & Renew.
Supporting our nation’s veterans is very close to Cristina’s heart. She believes that no veteran should ever be homeless, which is why she started a 4S club to help provide aid and shelter to homeless veterans. Cristina helped furnish chapter 8 housing for homeless veterans by collecting household items from friends and family as well.
Cristina will fight to restore sanity, transparency, and accountability in Sacramento. She understands that California needs elected officials who will respect and advocate for freedom, liberty, and fiscal responsibility. She believes in the governing philosophy established in our nation’s Constitution that keeps government limited, allows businesses to thrive, and preserves our freedom. Politicians have allowed the train to run off the rails for far too long – it’s time for a new course.
Cristina lives in Highland with her husband of 27 years, Adrian, who is also a teacher. Together they have one son, Sebastian, who teaches biology, a daughter-in-law, Simina, and one grandson, Kevin.
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