Hi, my name is Kristian. I am 27 years old and reside in Maryland. Living with cerebral palsy and bipolar disorder, I enjoy movies, music, adventures and exploring, cooking, anything creative, spending time with my family, and trying new things. In 2009, I graduated with my B.S degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, University College with a 3.9 GPA. Everything about life right now can be described as an unexpected, first time experience. I have a background in education, art, health, and human services. I began advocating for people with mental illness after my own diagnosis and becoming involved with DBSA and NAMI-Howard County. That advocacy has turned into a passion to help people with disabilities as whole and underserved populations.