Alissa lives in the United States (Dallas) and is executive director of Arise Africa. She first visited Africa in 2005 and worked as a photographer taking photos for aid organizations. After working on a photo book project for 5 months in Zambia, Alissa felt a need to give back more than just images. With the overwhelming generosity and help from others Alissa and board member John Rosacker founded Arise Africa. Alissa has spent most of her time in Zambia and has known and worked with our Zambian team for years. Alissa runs all operations state side from organizing teams, projects, and fundraising.
Interesting Fact About Alissa: "I am left handed."
Funniest Thing about working with Zambians: "They are much quieter than me. I guess the rumor that Americans are loud is very true! They have learned to speak up with me though. Oh yea and our Zambian staff now fully understands scarcasm. And that this white girl is a better dancer than them!"
Dream For Arise Africa: "I have so many dreams I don't know where to start. I think my biggest dream is that we always play the role of helping people live to their potential that God created them for. This is providing in ways for individuals to be self sustaining, serving, and always striving for a better relationship with the Lord. I dream about watching kids that we help graduate from Zambia college or seeing them succeed in life. I also dream about our staff working in the roles and positions and having the lives they have always prayed for. I dream about communities learning God's truth through pure love and relationships we can build."
Anna was born and raised in Paris, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2010. She has spent the past four years planning weddings and fundraisers for a local event planning company in Dallas. Her attention to detail and organizational skills make Anna the perfect fit for our USA Arise Africa office!
Anna first visited Zambia in 2013 on a mission trip with Kershaw’s Challenge to celebrate the opening of the Arise Home. Little did we know that when we met Anna on this trip that she would one day be joining our team! Anna is in charge of the Child Sponsorship program here in the states, and works very closely with our Zambian staff to gather reports for each sponsor. She’s your “go to” if you have any questions about the program or your child. In addition to working for Arise Africa, she also works part-time for Kershaw’s Challenge planning events. Between the two of us we certainly keep her busy and are so excited to have her on board!