About Kristine

Kristine Mackin moved to Waltham in 2009 to attend Brandeis University, where she completed a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 2014. She currently works full time as a healthcare analyst. Shortly after moving, she became involved in community theater, was elected to the Hovey Players Board of Trustees in the spring of 2012, and was cast in the ACME Improv Group in Maynard the fall of the same year. As a trustee, Kristine has produced several full-length shows: recruiting and coordinating volunteers and managing shoestring budgets to mount award-winning productions. She has also produced Hovey's annual Play in a Day Festival, along with co-producing several Summer Shorts Festivals.


Kristine married Reid Gilman in 2012, and the two became Waltham homeowners shortly thereafter. They met while attending Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.  The couple shares a love of the outdoors, and hope to complete the New Hampshire 4000 footers within the next year. In addition to skiing, they also enjoy snowshoeing in the Waltham conservation spaces. While attending college, Kristine was a producer for the student-led theatrical company, and played goalie for the women’s ice hockey team for two seasons.

Hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

Hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire.


Kristine spent her childhood in Omaha, Nebraska, where her father, an Associate Professor at Creighton University, taught her to ice skate and encouraged her love of science; and her mother, a YMCA instructor and piano teacher, imparted a love for music and demonstrated the importance of fitness while building a lifelong connection to the Y community (Kristine maintains membership at the Waltham YMCA). She has two younger siblings, who taught her how lose graciously, especially while playing Mario Kart.