Charissa graduated from TWU in 2015 with a BA in English and Theatre. Since graduating from TWU, Charissa completed her MA in Performing Arts Administration with a certificate in Non-profit Management at the University of Oregon (2017). Her terminal research explored opportunities for cross-border collaboration in the theatre communities of Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC.
Previously, Charissa has served on the Board of Directors for the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society (Sponsorships Assistant and President of the Board). Charissa currently works in the non- profit fundraising field and also serves on the Marketing Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Vancouver Chapter.