Carissa is a lover of Jesus, the mom of three kids (two bio and one adopted), wife to William and a jill-of-all-trades creative. She grew up watching her mom and dad open their hearts and home to friends and strangers alike, and it was around their table that she learned about the joys and sacrifices of community and the value of every person. By God's radical grace, she and her husband said yes to adoption and Carissa said yes to volunteering at a start-up nonprofit ministering to refugee women in the Chicago suburbs. These decisions proved to be life-changing and paved the way for Carissa to follow God down a path of using her creative gifts to serve while opening her eyes and heart to the needs of women and children all over the world. She and her family live in Austin, TX.