Meet the Facilitator - AMP | Achieving Maximum Potential

Meet the Facilitator


Jessica (Perry) Christman has joined the statewide AMP team as the Waterloo chapter facilitator.  She has a passion for working with teens and young adults experiencing system involvement; specifically youth involved in foster care and other residential placements.  Jessie, as her friends and family call her, has experience in assisting youth in transitioning as they age-out of state sponsored care into independent lives as adults.  After growing up in the suburbs of Toledo, Ohio, Jessie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminology from Ohio University in 2004.  She then attended graduate school to earn her Master’s degree in Criminology from University of Florida (Go Gators!), with a specialization in Juvenile Justice and Intervention and Prevention Programming.  Jessie spent three years as a Self Sufficiency Advocate with the Iowa Aftercare Services Network at Youth and Shelter Services while living in Ames (and loved it!).  Also while in Ames, she served as the support person to the facilitator of the Ames chapter of AMP (Terri Bailey) for two and a half years (and also loved it!).  She then worked with Children’s Legal Services for the Department of Children and Families after moving back to Florida.  Jessie and her family are happy to have returned to Iowa, where Jessie hopes to become more active in her community and in her efforts to assist youth in finding happiness, stability, and permanency. Jessie is also the Aftercare Advocate for the Northeast counties of Allamakee, Winneshiek, and Clayton through Four Oaks of Waterloo.

In her free time, Jessie enjoys spending time with her husband Kevin, who works as a veterinarian in Cedar Falls, her toddler Asher, and her adopted Staffordshire Terrier Angie Pants.  They like to go to local parks and events, cook meals together, and make improvements to their 100 plus year old house in Cedar Falls.

Contact Info:      515-451-4233 (cell)

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