Founder and Executive Director
Carissa's background is in education, graduating from Bethel University and then receiving a Master of Education from the University of Minnesota. She taught at the elementary and collegiate levels before an unexpected diagnosis and a sweet baby boy named Jack, changed her heart and passion. Carissa felt led to start Jack's Basket when her own son, Jack, was born with Down syndrome. After an abrupt and assumptive diagnosis experience, she wanted to make a change for future parents, ensuring that they felt their child was a reason to celebrate. Carissa spends her days presenting to medical professionals about how to deliver the diagnosis without bias, working with the Jack's Basket board to further the mission, connecting with volunteers who deliver local baskets, blogging, speaking to various groups, and meeting with potential donors.