My name is Marissa - I was born and raised in Nebraska, and have always been extremely passionate about the outdoors. From rock climbing to kayaking I love trying new things, and you can almost always find me next to the water. I grew up fishing with a traditional rod and reel, but developed my passion for fly fishing later in life. I especially enjoy tying my own flies with feathers from birds I previously harvested. I volunteer my time as the Lead Mentor for The Mayfly Project in Nebraska, teaching foster children how to fly fish.
I didn't start hunting until I neared my 30's, but I feel like I make up for this lost time every season, and dedicate all of my free time to the outdoors. I spent hours teaching myself how to call in turkeys and shoot so that I could be successful in the field on my own.
Upland hunting quickly became my favorite, as I have always had a soft spot for working dogs and spent time as a volunteer search and rescue handler. I spent many years as a veterinarian technician, and then pursued a degree with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and turned my love of hunting and conservation into a career. In 2018 I began working for my favorite conservation organization, Pheasants Forever, as the Outreach and Communications Coordinator in Nebraska.
I am excited about being a part of Sportswomen United. I hope by sharing my love for the outdoors I can encourage other women to try something new, and stop at nothing to pursue their dreams!