Missy is a Mama to her two littles, Zephyr (5) and Izzy (2), and feels deeply grateful to be able to shepherd their little hearts as best she can. She also loves her piano students whom she teaches out of her at-home studio. Seven years ago, she and her husband helped to establish Grace Orphanage in Togo, Africa along with a Togolese couple. She considers this to be her "African family" and is committed to coming alongside them in love and support. She is currently establishing non-profit status for Grace Orphanage. Missy has always had a deep love and appreciation for other cultures and diversity and is committed to seeing those who are unseen and advocating for them so that their voices may be heard.
Born in California, Missy was adopted by her family as an infant. Her family moved to Colorado when she was four years old which makes her feel like a Colorado native though she always feels drawn back to the West Coast. As a woman of color and growing up in a white family, she has wrestled much with identity and belonging but has also found an appreciation for her story as it has given her a strategic position to be able to empathize with many and break through racial and cultural barriers. Being adopted, Missy knew as a very young girl that she wanted to help children who did not have families. This led her to pursue a major in Social Work at Colorado State University. In addition, she studied Piano Performance and graduated in 2009 with a degree in Music and Social Work.
She went on to internship at SAVA (Sexual Assault Victim Advocate) Center which planted the seed for the impact Arkitekt would later have in her life. Through this time she realized the power that comes from sharing our stories with our fellow sisters and finding our true selves within these stories.
Missy and her family moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 2012 to be closer to her family while her Dad battled (and won!) a fight with Leukemia. During this time she worked as a Foster Care Social Worker which gave her valuable insight into the foster care system and skills for meeting the needs of traumatized children and families. This instilled in her a greater desire for her own family to foster children in the future as well as have more children through adoption.
After moving back to Fort Collins, CO in 2014, Missy experienced a time of deep disorientation after the birth of her second child. The 8 moves, two children, thyroid cancer, moving to another state and back again within only four years of marriage had finally begun to take its toll. This is where Missy found Arkitket and other like minded sisters to share in the unraveling and rebuilding of lost hopes and desires. She finds it to be a great honor to participate in this "life" work alongside these amazing women.
In all of her "spare" time, Missy lives and breathes yoga, running, the smells and sounds of nature, deep belly laughter with friends that elicits her infamous snorts, playing piano, listening to live music as much as possible, reading all of the good words, and writing."