University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Advertising
Marissa moved in 2008 from the West Coast of Florida to Asheville, with her husband and then infant daughter, Molly, now a seventh grader at Hanger Hall. As Marissa’s family grew so did her desire to support the school communities in which her three children attend. Having had the opportunity to serve on the Hanger Hall Head of School Search Committee last year deepened Marissa’s connection to the Hanger Hall community and her desire to support the school when it has been needed. Prior to making the decision to be the primary caretaker of their children after moving to Asheville, Marissa worked for the YMCA of St. Petersburg as the Director of Marketing and then switched careers to teach third grade to students at a Title I school in an underserved neighborhood.
Marissa is an active member in her children’s school communities having served on the Friends of the Library committee member for six years and Chair of Carolina Day School’s Book Drive for three of those years. Marissa can also be found volunteering in the classroom as she still has a passion for teaching math to elementary aged students. Marssia learned about the One Neighborhood program in the River Arts District, and became involved with OpenDoors of Asheville’s annual fundraiser, The Art Affair, in 2014. Marissa’s participation on the sponsorship committee for that event ultimately led to an invitation to join their Board of Directors in December 2017. She has enjoyed participating at the board level and engaging with the community to support the mission of OpenDoors of Asheville.
In addition to volunteering for OpenDoors of Asheville and at her children’s schools, Marissa enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking in and around WNC, going running as well as reading a good book.