Marissa was born in Sandy Township, Stark County, and now resides next door in Sandy Township, Tuscarawas County. Growing up the daughter of two small business owners, Marissa quickly learned the names of the community members who frequented the family hardware store. From her parents, she learned how to respect everyone she worked with. She's lived in rural Ohio all her life except for a brief adventure in Washington DC, where she worked in the USDA Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
She was was first appointed to fill out the unexpired term of a Trustee who moved away, before successfully being re-elected to the office. Prior to, she graduated from Malone University with a background in Biology and Political Science. She now works full-time as a Watershed Coordinator for Rural Action, a regional sustainable development organization. The focus of her work is on restoring and protecting rivers and streams, and her service as a Township Trustee creates a balance of wise use and protection of our natural resources.
Marissa believes it's an honor to serve township government. We need roads that people can safely drive, bike, and walk on, and parks and cemeteries that provide peaceful natural areas. Townships can provide many services, and she hope to listen to residents across the state to strengthen our form of government and help people decided the future of the communities they live in, for themselves.