Our newest addition to the Paulie’s team – and recently engaged!
Kristina grew up on the east side in the Northshore area of Houston. She always enjoyed science classes in school and taking Biology her senior year got her extremely interested in the subject. She graduated high school in 2011 and started college at the University of Houston that fall as a biology major. Kristina didn’t necessarily have a plan, but as she began to give her future more thought, she realized that she wanted to help people, but wasn’t exactly sure how to pursue it. By the end of her freshman year of college she was an avid home cook and quite passionate about food. She finally started looking into the nutrition field and realized there was a way to combine the things she loved most. She would be able to pursue her scientific interests by learning about the human body and its interactions with food. She would also be able to provide a service to people by helping them create a better relationship with food and hopefully living healthier lives. Kristina is currently 2 classes away from graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition. She plans on furthering her education with a dietetic internship and possibly a Master’s degree in the field. Kristina hopes to become a registered dietitian and eventually work with educating people in underprivileged communities. The one thing her mom always made sure of when she was growing up was that their family had a wholesome meal to eat, something many people are unfortunately unfamiliar with and one of the biggest determining factors for where she’d like to focus in the dietetic field.
Kristina began her first job the summer of her freshman year of college as a Barista at Dolce Delights. The job started her off in the field of hospitality and also exposed her to the coffee shop culture. She really enjoyed working with coffee and eventually found a job with Java Pura Coffee Roasters, a Houston-based coffee roasting company. There Kristina worked as a catering barista. People would hire Java Pura to send baristas with coffee setups (ranging from brewed coffee to several espresso bars) to various venues and serve beverages as needed. Working with Java Pura required a lot of independence and also introduced her to craft coffee.