Kristi's parents divorced when she was eight years old and she, her brother and sister moved with their mother to Dallas, Texas. When her mother remarried, they then moved to a town outside of Dallas, called Lewisville.
Kristi originally auditioned for the role of "India Raines" on Guiding Light. The part was eventually taken in another direction and went to actress Mary Kay Adams. However, the producers fell in love with Kristi, and created the role of "Roxie Shayne" just for her.
In 1996, Kristi starred in the independent film Seven Days to Kill. The movie was written by Gary Appel, who also played the lead character.
Kristi studied acting for two years before she would allow her agent to send her out on any auditions.
After leaving Guiding Light in 1988, Kristi traveled to Europe and Scandinavia where she tried her hand at theater.
As a child, Kristi's goal was to one day be president of the United States.
While in high school, Kristi was a competitive dancer, athlete, and cheerleader.
After graduating from high school, Kristi moved from Texas to California to become a model. Soon after, signed with the famous Wilhelmina Modeling Agency.
In 1997 Kristi appeared in the pilot episode for the series Len & Lys. The show was never picked up by a network.
In 2002, Kristi was asked to return to Guiding Light for a brief stay, but she refused.
In 1986, Kristi was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest award in category of "Outstanding Young Leading Actress on a Daytime Serial".
At the age of 17, Kristi won a coveted spot on the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders roster and cheered during the 1978-1979 season. She also appeared, un-credited, in the t.v. movie Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
Kristi: I've never thought of myself as gutsy. But when I look back at the things I've done, yeah, I guess I am very gutsy.
Kristi: The last year that I worked in L.A., work wasn't going well. The first years were terrific, but the last year - I really needed a job when this job [on Guiding Light] came around.
Kristi: (on moving from L.A. to New York) They are like completely opposite ends of the world! L.A. is a lot more laid back. When I got here [New York], I couldn't even find someplace to live, so I stayed in a hotel for a long time. The pace was real fast; the city was fast, and the people were fast talking. It was a big shock to me.
Kristi: (on being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader) It was good training to have to be somewhere every day after high school and work for four or five hours without getting paid for it.