Operations & Program Director is responsible for managing Homeword’s homebuyer, financial and renter education and counseling programs, as well as the operations and administration functions of the organization. She is responsible for managing program and administrative staff, managing the budget, ensuring program compliance, evaluating outcomes, writing grants and developing partnerships to address community and client needs.
Karissa has earned the NeighborWorks certification in Homeownership Counseling for Program Mangers and Executive Directors, as well as the NCHEC Homeownership Counseling certificate. Additionally, Karissa has her Housing Development Finance Professional certificate from the National Development Council. She serves on the leadership team of the Missoula Home Coalition.
Karissa has an M.P.A and M.Ed. from the University of Montana, where she worked in New Student & Family Programs for over 9 years. In her time at the University, Karissa also served on the Board of Directors for the Montana Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities Council (MPSEOC).