Elissa was missionary kid most of her growing up years in Brussels, Belgium, with a couple years in Morocco as well. In 2011, Elissa graduated from Corban University with a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and married her college sweetheart, Eric. They then moved to Bend, where Eric was born and raised, and she taught preschool until 2017 when their daughter Evelyn was born. Elissa is currently the Children’s Director at Foundry. In her spare time she loves bright colors, bugs, reading, painting, sewing, thrift shopping and spending time outside.