Crystal spent most of her life in the Flathead Valley. In 1997, she graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and Russian. She spent one year as an exchange student in Petrozavodsk, Russia,
and later returned to both Russia and the Ukraine as an English teacher.
Crystal dreamed of working at KALS since she was 12. In 2007, with much perseverance and prayer, she became part of the staff as a Production Assistant.
She lives in Kalispell with her husband Dwayne, twins Aoife and Rebekah, and cat Elijah.