Chris Vatland Biography
Chris was born in Minnesota and moved to Oregon in the mid-1990s where he worked for many years in the developmental disabilities field. Chris met his wife Natalie while both were in Ph.D. programs at the University of Oregon. Chris and Natalie moved to Florida in 2013 to pursue post-doctoral work at the University of South Florida. Chris is currently employed as research and teaching faculty within the Department and of Child and Family Studies at USF, where he engages in numerous projects related to family supports, disability services, school systems, and family-school-community engagement.
Chris and Natalie and their now four-year-old daughter, Ava, joined UUSP a little over two years ago in search of a spiritual home for their growth as a family. Within several months of their arrival, they joined the parent covenant group, which provided a forum for connecting with others, sharing personal challenges and joys, and reflecting on some of the bigger questions about the world in which we live and how we engage with that world.
While much of life these days revolves around family and work, Chris has a number of passions and interests, including playing and listening to music, camping, hiking, disc golf, and pretty much anything that offers a connection to the outdoors.