After obtaining her associate degree in paralegal studies in 1983, Chris continued her education at Nova Southeastern University. She is a paralegal for a law firm in Naples, Florida, and volunteers much of her free time. She met her future husband, Michael, while he was fishing on Bonita Beach in 1991. They married in 2000 on Lovers Key Beach, honeymooned in the fishing village of Quepos, Costa Rica, and have vacationed at the Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, Central America. Chris has also won Top Female Angler several times in the annual Gene Doyle Backcountry Fishing Tournament.