Cristie has led MBGH since 1994. She earned her Master of Science degree in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She launched her career serving in health administrative and planning positions in Tupelo, Miss., and Tuscaloosa, Ala. and was a consultant to continuing care retirement communities, hospitals, and physicians with Ernst & Whinney and The Moore Group. Cristie serves on several national boards and commissions. She is a member of the Board of Governors for the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions and a former Chair. She is now serving in her third term on the Board of Directors for The Leapfrog Group, serving as its Vice Chair, and is a former Chair. Cristie is on the Board of the National Quality Forum, served as Chair of their Consensus Standards Approval Committee and is Co-Chair of their Measures Application Partnership Hospital Workgroup. She serves on the NCQA Employer Advisory Committee, the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, and the advisory board to the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance. Her leadership in Memphis includes being Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Southern College of Optometry; a former Chair of the Healthy Memphis Common Table; a member of the Deans Advisory Council for the University of Memphis School of Public Health; former President of the Board of Volunteer Memphis; former Vice Chair of Lifeblood; former member of the National Technical Advisory Panel for the Midsouth eHealth Alliance, and a former officer of the Greater Memphis Employee Benefits Council. She also serves on the Workplace Advisory Board for Healthier Tennessee.