Chris is a native Miamian whose work in philanthropic and charitable giving runs deep. She has spearheaded many special projects, partnerships and initiatives through several decades, most notably through the Don Shula Foundation, the Ocean Reef Foundation and her long-time work with Christ Journey Church. Christ Journey’s worldwide reach and emphasis was the platform Chris used as Director of Missions to develop and grow global partnerships in Cuba, the Bahamas, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Brazil. Private foundation efforts have inspired her throughout her career, spurring particular areas of interest and work in food, justice, agriculture and medical/dental outreach in developing nations, literacy and sex-trafficking relief in Miami.
Chris works first for Jesus and then alongside husband David Lane, a Cornell-bred plant geneticist. Together they have developed large gardens to help people feed themselves through Miami’s City Serves and in international missions. She lives with her family on their fruit farm in the Redlands, just south of Miami, where the family has four dogs and lots of orchids. She is mom to Devon, 14, a gifted musician who attends New World School of the Arts and Andrew, 17, a wonderful and vibrant child who attends Villa Lyan, a private school for the differently-abled. The family loves the outdoors and spends as much time as possible in North Carolina at their shared family lake home near Cashiers and enjoys sunny days in the Everglades.