Dr. Kristina Harrison a life-long resident of St. James Parish was born and raised in Vacherie, LA. She is the daughter of Barbara Ann Travis and the late Kantrell “Ken” Collins. Dr.Harrison and her amazing husband for ten years, Mr. Rhys Paul Harrison, have three amazing children: Kaden Rhys, Kamden Rhay and Sydnie Renee Harrison.
Dr. Harrison is a firm believer in the power of education. As such, she has been on a continuous journey to obtain higher education and to educate others around her. After graduating from St. James High School, Dr. Harrison attended Dillard University. There she earned a bachelors degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Business. Dr. Harrison has also earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Technology from Southeastern Louisiana University and her Juris Doctorate degree from Southern University Law Center.
Dr. Harrison has been extremely influential in her community. She has not only mentored the youth in St. James Parish, through teaching, youth ministering through dance at First Baptist Church, and donating her time and resources to educational programs in the surrounding areas, but she has also mentored and case managed adults as well. Dr. Harrison has devoted countless hours and efforts to assisting public housing residents obtain GED’s, post-secondary education, job training, jobs, and certifications to enhance their futures and career goals.
Dr. Harrison also holds several certifications including a Federal Mediation Certification from the Federal Mediations and Conciliation Services, a Louisiana Teaching Certification, a Louisiana Real Estate Sales License and a Leadership Certification from the University of Maryland, Maryland College.
Her hobbies include: riding her Harley Davidson Streetglide to different states and throughout Louisiana, bowling and sharing fun times with her family. Dr. Harrison believes one of her greatest endeavors is becoming a candidate in the most recent, Parish-wide, election for the Clerk of Court. Although she lost the election by 25 votes, she truly believes she has inspired many young African American females to dream big and to always shoot for the moon, and even if they miss they will still be amongst the stars.
Dr. Harrison’s favorite quote is, “Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come,” by Dwayne Johnson
Her favorite scripture comes from Psalms 1:1-3, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither; whatever they do shall prosper.” Meet Dr. Kristina Marie Collins-Harrison your 2018 Crewe of M.A.C. Queen.