6-year breast cancer survivor
In 1998, Kristen Barley received her Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston. Through her internship at Weatherford International, she began her career in oil and gas. While at Weatherford International, she became involved with a charity called Spindletop Charities, Inc. and offered her computer skills as a volunteer to the organization. After five years at Weatherford, she decided to embark on a new direction, taking a position in Marketing for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., namely Lexus. In 2008, after being diagnosed with breast cancer at 34, unable to travel as much, Kristen accepted a position with Spindletop Charities, Inc. while she received treatment. It’s with Spindletop, Kristen found her true calling; helping at-risk youth in Houston area through the generous support from the oil and gas community. Kristen continues the mission of Spindletop as their Project Coordinator, celebrating six years with the non-profit.
Kristen is a six year survivor and an active member of the Susan G. Komen Houston Affiliate. She served as Co-Chair for the 2012 Susan G. Komen Houston Pasta Party. She participates annually in the Race for the Cure© with her team she started in 2008, “Krazy for Kristen”. Over the past six years, Kristen’s leadership has raised more than $70,000 with her team for Komen Houston. Last year, Kristen’s personal fundraising efforts earned her sixth place in the Pink Honor Roll Top 10. She feels it’s important to participate in the race and educate the community about the higher number of young women being diagnosed with breast cancer. With a family history of breast cancer, she also supports Komen’s research efforts to find more ways to diagnose this disease. During her cancer treatment, Kristen vowed to use the word Grace as her mantra for fighting the disease while mentoring to others. Grace is commonly defined as the “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification”. Today, Kristen continues her mantra and passion for mentoring women fighting breast cancer.
Kristen also serves on the board of Youth Development Center, an after school academic intervention program for at-risk students in grades 1–6 in Houston’s Greater Fifth Ward. Kristen enjoys spending time with her friends and family, including two nieces and a nephew.