Alissa is mother to three, with daughter Haley graduating from JMSG in 2015 and daughter Colby, a member of the JMSG class of 2021. Born and raised in Hawai’i, Alissa studied nursing at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and worked several years as a registered nurse in obstetrics. She completed her BA in English at Barnard College, graduating magna cum laude, and subsequently earned a JD at Fordham University School of Law. Alissa is currently in the integrative health masters program at the California Institute of Integral Studies and is working as a health coach. Alissa is passionate about mind-body-spirit wellness as well as writing.
Through the years, Alissa has volunteered in the classrooms, library, and for several years, was chair of the emergency preparedness committee in her son and daughters’ elementary schools. She is a lifelong dancer and continues to dance hula and discover more about her Hawaiian culture through a San Francisco hula halau. Alissa also enjoys working in her herb garden, hiking with her family, and, right now, learning sound healing techniques.