Christen works on all historic preservation related matters and serves as staff liaison to the Elgin Heritage Commission and the various Subcommittees including the Design Review Subcommittee. Her responsibilities include facilitating the review and approval of Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs), the 50/50 and 75/25 Historic Architectural Rehabilitation Grant Programs, building plaque program, and other programs and events of the Elgin Heritage Commission.
She is trained in Historic Preservation and Architecture and lives in Elgin. In her former position with an architectural firm in Chicago, she was responsible for preparing National Register of Historic Places nominations, Historic American Building Survey measured drawings, building condition assessment reports, reconnaissance surveys and feasibility studies for a variety of projects throughout the Midwest.
One of the more interesting positions Christen has had was as a researcher for WTTW 11's "Ask Geoffrey" segment while working under Geoffrey Baer. She also contributed research for Geoffrey's PBS Documentary, "10 Buildings that Changed America."