Christy Leilani Carver recently graduated from the University of Kansas at Lawrence with her Ph.D. in organizational communication. She is a 1994 graduate of Monett High School. She has previously earned a bachelor's degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif., and a master's degree from the University of Kansas. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled anticipatory organizational socialization: graduating college students messages, information seeking, career conceptualizations and expectations. Dr. Carver now serves as a professor at Maryville University in St. Louis. She teaches undergraduate courses in communication and graduate courses in organizational leadership. She is the daughter of Rev. Chris and Connie Carver, of Monett.