Chris Owens is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Formerly a psychiatric nurse, she was also a research nurse at Duke University. She started her work with AFSP as walk coordinator for the Atlanta walk in 2004, the first year the Out of the Darkness Walks were done. She was promoted to Area Director in 2006 and helped start the Georgia chapter. A native of Philadelphia, she has lived in metro Atlanta for 25 years.