Marisa grew up in a rural town of Southern California, where she quickly found her passion for the outdoors. As the youngest of six daughters, Marisa has grown to embody a playful, yet calm and intuitive spirit, which she believes has led her to pursue a career in social work and holistic health.
Since 2014, Marisa has found herself working an integral role with youth at the La Mesa Spring Valley School District and Grossmont Union High School District as a Teacher’s Assistant, Outdoor Educator, ESS Program Aid, and Substitute Teacher. Prior to that, she was a Health Coach for a non-profit organization, where she helped develop curriculum and led classes in healthy cooking, meditation, gardening, and fitness. In addition, Marisa recently volunteered in Costa Rica on an eco-agriculture project, where she lived and worked on a coffee farm.
As of 2017, Marisa holds a Bachelor degree in Social Work, and is excited to work her way toward a MSW, PPSC, and LCSW. In the future, she hopes to become a certified Ayurvedic health practitioner and to start her private practice.
In her free time, Marisa enjoys traveling, as well as playing soccer, tennis, surfing, snowboarding, and gardening. She looks forward to working with at-risk youth and helping them develop a greater sense of awareness, purpose, and confidence through genuine connection and meaningful education.