Marissa is a  long distance canoeist and adventurer of life, land, water, and spirit. She grew up hearing stories from her father, a Koochiching alumni, about the Bloodvein River and paddling with Beluga whales in Hudson Bay. Little did they know these familial ties would bring her on an expedition in the northern extremes of the Arctic with women from their sister Camp Ogichi da Kwe.  In 2013, she had the privilege to be a part of PACT; Paddle Across Canada Tour.  It was a 120 day expedition across Canada starting in Rocky Mountain House, AB and ending in Montreal, QC. Marissa has been working as a backpacking guide and outdoor educator in the Rocky Mountain West and is currently a river guide on the Middle Rio Grande in New Mexico. When she doesn’t have a pack on her back or a paddle in hand she works part-time at a youth shelter and co-organizes a weekly Free DACA Legal Clinic in Albuquerque, NM. She is currently is nestled in the Sandia Mountains with friends, chickens, rabbits and maybe soon to be a fostered goat. Marissa is grateful to be apart of this expedition and is looking forward to learning about all the plant medicine, wildlife, and the herstories of the past and present  as they paddle north of the 6oth parallel. 



  • Wilderness First Responder: Expires 11/2017
  • CPR and Basic First Aid: Expires 11/2017
  • Reiki 1: Certified 10/2016  


  • University of Colorado at Boulder: May 2013
  • B.A. International Affairs and Spanish                            


  • SIT- School for International Training
  • Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development: Jan-July 2012
  • Nicaragua: Revolution, Transformation and Civil Society: Aug-Dec 2011
  • Global Citizen Award: Study Abroad Student of the Year: Nov 2012


  • 5612 miles and 300+ days paddling (river, lake, canoeing) both professionally and personally