Chris Directs the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri. Chris’ systems-based approach to decision making enables public and nonprofit sector organizations to effectively address social, economic and environmental issues using unique collaborative management systems such as Community Commons (www.communitycommons.org). Chris and his team integrate Geographic Information Systems, data visualization, community engagement tools and Internet accessibility to better serve vulnerable and underserved populations. These web-based technologies help organizations and policy makers make more informed decisions about access, equity, and allocation of resources. Chris received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University in 1984 and his M.S. in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri in 1996. In 2005 he completed his National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Informatics.