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Friday, January 20, 2017

Christine Farrow, All Smiles and Not Just for the Camera!

Christine Farrow has a great reason to show off her pearly whites as she has been promoted to NFTA's new Manager of EEO & Diversity Development. In her role she will manage the authority's Equal Employment Opportunity/
Affirmative Action programs, as well as develop, coordinate and deliver diversity training. Christine joined the authority in 2007 as the Superintendent of Special Services and was promoted to Manager of Employee Assistance in 2014.

She has a diverse background which includes a master's degree in adult education, master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education with a research interest of Vocation Psychology. In addition she is an adjunct instructor for the University at Buffalo teaching classes in the graduate school of Education and at the Educational Opportunity Center. Further, she serves on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Erie County where she is the Chair of the Program and Policy committee.

Christine is also highly-regarded for her professionalism and commitment within the community. She received the Black Achievers Award in 2010 and was recognized as an Emerging Leader in Supervision by the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervision (ACES) in 2012. In 2013 she was a recipient of the 40 under 40 award from Business First and most recently was honored with the Marceline Jaques Scholarship for outstanding research on individuals with disabilities in 2016. She is also an active and proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Christine resides in Amherst and confessed that she starts most of her days with a 3:30 a.m. workout.  She indicated that her morning routine is key to keeping her mind sharp, but it also allows her the freedom to enjoy her favorite treats at local eateries now and again.

When Christine was asked about any special memories that come to mind about her career at NFTA, she said, "I really enjoy working with such a dedicated and talented group of individuals, but I didn't mind having my photo plastered all over the side of one of our 40-foot buses as part of a Metro Perk promotion a few years ago." It seems the rumors about her alleged nicknames, Vanity Smurf and Queen Bee, really must be true.  However, there's also another one and a lot of evidence to support  it.  She has in fact mastered the art of the "driver-seat" selfie, but she swears her vehicle is always in park!

Please help in congratulating Christine on her recent promotion and welcome her back to the MTC.