Karissa was born and raised in Kaukauna, WI. She started attending Alliance at the age of ten when she was invited by her neighbors to check out Awana. She obtained a degree in campus missions and a Masters in Strategic Leadership, both through North Central University. She has always had a heart for special needs individuals and ministry, so being able to pair the two together was a dream come true.
When she's not at Alliance, you can find Karissa at a coffee shop, traveling the world, volunteering with the Special Olympics of Wisconsin, or pursuing her passion for photography.