Staff Bios

Christina (Chrisy) Selder  holds a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics/International Trade and Finance from Louisiana State University.  She has previously held an RCFE Administrator’s Certificate, earned an SDSU Grant Writing Certification and completed components of UCSD's Paralegal Training to be of further benefit to CARR's mission and work.

She is well-versed in the role of and issues related to the RCFE Ombudsman as a result of her internship and volunteer experience with San Diego County’s Aging and Independence Services agency - Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman. Her scholarship and credentials are augmented by her hands-on employment experiences inside several RCFEs. Ms. Selder is an accomplished speaker on a variety of assisted living topics, and is a frequent presented on consumer issues surrounding assisted living at the local and state level.   Her media experience is growing:  she has been featured on KQED's, The California Report and on UT-TV discussing assisted living topics and in 2012 was interviewed by KCBX (public radio in San Luis Obispo) to discuss her children's book "When You're Older".  Chrisy's children's book is available for purchase on this website.  All proceeds go to fund CARR's work. 

Her Master's Thesis, "Maximizing Medicaid's Continuum of Care:  An Analysis of Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Home Residents", was published by Montezuma Publishing, SDSU, 2008.  The link will take you to access her thesis. 

Ms. Selder is currently the principal investigator and project lead for San Diego County's Pilot Program to develop a rating system for local assisted living facilities.

 

Chris Murphy holds a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from San Diego State University (SDSU), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from CSU Long Beach, and a Master of Science degree in Acquisition Management from West Coast University.  She has 30+ years experience as a Contracts Manager, skilled in contract and agreement negotiations, proposal pricing, program execution, and document drafting. 

In 2001, she placed her mother in a local assisted living facility; the experiences of both her mother and herself were the genesis of her interest in, and passion for residential care advocacy.  Since 2007, she holds a RCFE Administrator's Certificate.

She is a seasoned speaker on assisted living topics, speaking at about 30 community events throughout the year.  She, along with co-founder Selder has been interviewed by the UT-San Diego, and KPBS.  In addition, she's been interviewed and quoted in an investigative report on assisted living by A. C. Thompson and Jonathan Jones for ProPublic.  That article is available on the ProPublica website. 

Her research was documented in "An Exposition of Irregularities in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) in San Diego and Imperial Counties," (Montezuma Publishing, SDSU, 2010), based on original research conducted on the public files of 354 RCFEs located in San Diego and Imperial counties. 

 

Paul Crawford holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University (SDSU - 2016), and has a pending application for the Master's program in Public Administration, also at SDSU.  Paul, a local Chula Vistan, has long been interested in criminal justice issues; through that avenue of his expanded interests in elder justice issues, legislative reform, and public administration he found CARR.  

He began interning for CARR in the Spring of 2016, but when the semester was over, we couldn't let him go.  We offered him part time employment as Executive Assistant, and to our great happiness, he accepted.   His can-do attitude makes him the ideal CARR employee:  we all have to wear many hats in this small not-for-profit.  Paul wears his fair share of diverse hats including being our chief data visualizer, tracking and acknowledging donations, and manipulating data sets in service of research projects.  His skills, knowledge, and work ethic are essential to advancing CARR's mission.    

Additionally, Paul is civic minded, and interested in pursuing a career in public service.  To that end, he is becoming actively engaged in local political organizations, learning to leverage citizen activism into 'the art of the possible.'