Christie is a native of Huntington, West Virginia and graduated from the West Virginia University Honors Program in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdepartmental Studies and a minor in Political Science. She earned her MBA from Rice University in 2004, and upon graduation worked as a consultant for Futurestep, a division of Korn Ferry. Christie has served on the WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2012, having served as Chair from 2015-2016, Vice Chair from 2013-2015, and is currently completing her term as Immediate Past Chair. She previously served on the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Committee. Christie is a life member of the WVU Alumni Association and a member of the Old Gold Club.