Meet Christa Means
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Life is a journey, not a destination." This statement rings true for FHLB Dallas Model Risk Analyst Christa Means, who spends her days balancing work and family.
Part of her role at the Bank is to validate models – quantitative methods or systems that apply statistical or mathematical theories to process estimates – ensuring that they function correctly and are used in compliance with applicable regulations. Depending on the results of her analyses, she then works with the model owner with recommendations for improvement.
Tenacity is paramount to her job, both at the Bank and at home. As the mother of five children ranging in ages 4 to 14, Christa knows the importance of incorporating a results-driven approach in everything she does.
"It is a lot of work to have a family and a career, but I grew up in a work hard, play hard family, so we have a lot of fun at home," said Christa.
Christa said her healthy work/life balance wouldn't be possible without the support of her management team.
"At the Bank, employees have many opportunities," she said. "I'm blessed to be in a role that allows me to work around our crazy home life. It's really nice to have that support coming from the top-down."
One of the activities Christa enjoys most is coaching her 14-year-old daughter's varsity volleyball team. As a third-year coach to the same group of girls, Christa says that she feels like a second mom to the team.
"We're like a family," said Christa. "Whether we win a game or not, we learn from our experiences and celebrate our successes together as a team."
When it comes to the Bank, Christa employs the same bias for action. Having been with the Bank since 2004, she has worked in various roles throughout the years and is thankful for the experience.
Most of all, she is thankful for the FHLB Dallas team.
"My team gives me energy and inspires me to do a good job," she said. "I am lucky to be surrounded by a great group of solutions-oriented people."