Abacus Architects


Business Development Director


BFA, Graphic Design, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (1994)
Associate Degree, University of Wisconsin–Sheboygan (1991)

About Cris

After a stay at home as a full-time mom, Abacus welcomes Cris back to the staff. She originally joined Abacus in 2010, and now assumes responsibility for updating the firm’s website, creating proposals and coordinating the photography of projects. In high school, Cris was interested in interior design, but was “encouraged” by her father, a cabinet-maker with experience in the real-world challenges of being a contractor, to pursue another direction. That turned out to be graphic design, and Cris brings to Abacus a background in ad agency production work from a previous position. Cris and Abacus people go back a ways. She and Anne Blanke became friends on the volleyball court, and she and Paul Mentink rode the school bus together growing up in Oostburg.

On working with her

“I consider myself detail oriented, and I’m pretty inquisitive; I think asking the right questions is crucial in getting a job done well. Having played both basketball and volleyball, I have a team-player mentality, assisting where I can.”

On her favorite project

“I’m still interested in interior design and architecture in general. Though I don’t work on individual buiding projects, I enjoy the field and love seeing the different ways our team solves design challenges.”

On her own time

“We’re in the trenches with after-school activities at this point, but I also spend time serving in the community within our church and our school. I enjoy gardening and landscaping, and I spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, usually listening to an audiobook. On top of that, we always seem to have a DIY project in the works at home.”

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