Celebrating her 14th anniversary as the leader of CIS of Mid-America,
Malissa began her CIS career with Communities In Schools of Houston
in 1999, progressing from grants writer to Director of Resource
Development by the time she departed in late 2005 when her family
moved to Lawrence, Kansas. From that time until she took the helm of
Communities In Schools of Kansas in 2007, she worked as a consultant
with a number of CIS affiliates in multiple states. Under her leadership,
CIS of Kansas became Communities In Schools of Mid-America in 2014, and now serves communities in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Iowa. Since coming to CIS of Mid-America, she has significantly strengthened and increased the organization’s resources and serves on several education- and youth-related governing and advisory groups, at the national, regional, state, and local levels.
Also a visual artist and determined gardener, Malissa has two sons, two grandsons, and a large, close
extended family and she is always thrilled to share their latest exploits.