Christina May

Rev. Dr. Christina (Chris) May has over 25 years of professional and volunteer leadership experience working with senior executives, military, contractors, and Congressional leaders.  She has operated in all sectors—private, public, and nonprofit—both domestically and internationally.  She is a retired Naval officer and during her career developed expertise in command and staff positions and in human resources, policy analysis, project and program management, and organizational development. 

 Since leaving the military, Chris has concentrated on nonprofit work.  She was founding vice president of FARM Café in Boone, NC, which was recently cited by the Wall Street Journal as a must-stop on a culinary tour through Appalachia.  She is a board member of One World Everybody Eats, the umbrella/parent organization over the more than 60 pay-what-you-can community cafes now operating in America and being developed in eight countries.  One World Everybody Eats was selected to receive the 2017 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award.  And Chris also serves on the board of Hospitality House of Boone, an 85-bed transitional facility serving the homeless population in a seven-county region of western NC, managing a 17-member staff and a $4.3M budget.

 Chris holds a Ph.D. in Human Services with a concentration in nonprofit management.  Her dissertation, titled The Pay-What-You-Can Nonprofit Restaurant Model: A Case Study, was the first known scholarly publication that describes the experience of operating a community cafe.  As well, Chris has earned a Master of Interfaith Divinity degree, a Master of Public Administration degree, and a graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership.  In addition, she holds a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and as a Certified Manager (CM).

 Chris works as an adjunct instructor at Appalachian State University, teaching Principles of Fundraising, Intro to Nonprofit Organizations, and First Year Seminar.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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