Marissa is originally from Maple Valley, WA. She graduated from WSU with a degree in animal science and wildlife management. After graduation she moved to South Africa and worked at wildlife rehabilitation centers and game reserves, caring for such animals as rhinos, giraffes, zebras and servals. She returned to Washington state with her fiance, Wessel and her Boerboel mix, Ranger. When not at work, Marissa enjoys cooking, reading, hiking & traveling.