Marissa was born & raised in the sunny city of Fresno, California. She has been teaching for the past 7 years, primarily as a second-grade teacher, as well as at the college level. Marissa holds a master's degree in Reading & Language, though recently took a year & a half off from teaching to live in Mississippi with her husband, who is in the military. Marissa & her husband are now back in Fresno & she’s eager to continue making a difference in children's education.

Fresno is a special place for Marissa. She loves the community & the passion behind it  making her hometown a wonderful place to live. All of her family is from Fresno & they were fortunate to grow up together & still live close.. Marissa finds that the local restaurants & shops are what give Fresno its heartbeat & make it unique. Sounds like Fres(YES)!

Marissa's current passion project, in addition to working with LINK x LOU®, is teaching teachers. She is currently coaching & guiding teachers who are pursuing their master's degree in Reading & Language, sharing insights & modeling techniques to help them strengthen their practice.

Marissa is the proud owner of a one-year-old Bernedoodle named Daisy, who keeps her active by going on walks & visiting the park. Marissa enjoys taking Pilates & spin classes, loves going out to eat, & wandering around her local Target. Marissa identifies her spirit animal as a puppy, as both share short bursts of energy, are passionate, & have a need to stay busy & in motion until they suddenly crash & need a nap. Plus, both are food & treat-driven!

Why LINK x LOU®? Marissa loves LINK x LOU® jewelry because it goes with everything. She can dress it up or down, & the jewelry always ties her outfit together. She appreciates that each morning, it's one less thing to worry about, & she feels confident & put together all day.Marissa was drawn to LINK x LOU® because of the community, commitment, passion, & creativity she saw through Instagram & events. She knew she wanted to be a part of something like that & to build relationships within her community while making people feel amazing in their jewelry

.Fun fact: Marissa is 6 feet tall!