Marisa started sewing at a young age and took her first quilt class at the age of 14. However it wasn’t until the impending birth of her daughter Lucy Rose that she made her first quilt. Within two years she was working at her local quilt store and, over the last 13 years, she has worked in the sewing world in a variety of roles including as a salesperson, educator, Bernina specialist and community outreach coordinator. In January 2016 she started an English Paper Piecing Club that continues to meet every month.
Marisa is a Certified Nurse Midwife and though no longer delivering babies, she is dedicated to the areas women’s health and empowerment. Her training as a midwife reinforced the importance of building support networks throughout a woman’s lifecycle and she has found that her English Paper Piecing Club is just that! Plus EPP is a portable way to be creative and manage stress.
Most recently, Marisa has lead workshops at the Princeton Public Library in Princeton, NJ as well as facilitating workshops for survivors of sexual violence through the Middlesex County Center for Empowerment.