Marissa provides trauma-informed aftercare for survivors and specializes in creating programs for youth in DCS custody.
From a young age Marissa had a heart for helping people. Whether raising money for orphans to assisting the homeless, elderly or disabled, as a child she was always compassionate towards those facing adversity and injustice. This passion, combined with her own life experiences, led her to change careers from Event Planning to Human Services in 2009. After she began volunteering in 2007 with the children’s emergency shelter in Orange County CA, she fully realized her drive to work with youth who had been through trauma. She decided to move to Washington DC and began gaining experience with an NGO doing street outreach for victims of human trafficking and manning their 24 hour emergency line. She later moved back to CA and worked with at risk youth at the YWCA and then in a transitional housing program at the Orangewood Foundation. This is where she had the opportunity to work as a Support Specialist assisting countless young women who had been through extensive trauma, in addition to closely working with survivors of human trafficking.
Marissa graduated from California State University of Long Beach. She has been trained in trauma informed care and working with CSEC survivors and is certified as a domestic violence advocate. She initially dreamed of teaching High School English, but she has now found her calling teaching youth about resiliency, life skills and hope.
Marissa and her husband moved to TN in 2018 and have been enjoying the southern hospitality, the seasons, being in nature and raising their puppy, Journey.