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Froyum For House

416 W Bremer Suite C

Waverly, IA 50677


(319) 427-3429

About Carissa

Carissa is a country kid, whose family raised horses and participated in 4H. Growing up, she spent time riding the combine with her grandfather. That farm has been in her family since her great, great grandfather Carl Jonas immigrated to the US in 1866. She also fed calves with her other grandfather, a WWII veteran who left school to farm and then served his country. Education was so important in her family that her grandfather finally fulfilled a lifelong dream of graduating from high school at the age of 80. Her grandmothers did everything on the farm and also spent time in careers as a teacher and nursing aid.

Carissa’s mother was a medical technologist and 4H leader, and her father was a cowboy who also worked with special education students. Her parents, now retired, instilled in Carissa the importance of working hard, investing in education, and giving back to the community. 

After high school, Carissa graduated from Concordia College--Moorhead, a Lutheran liberal arts college. She pursued her passion for service after college by joining the Lutheran Volunteer Corps and Americorps in Washington, DC. There, she worked for the year as a volunteer with inner-city teenagers. She had been in the city for three weeks when September 11, 2001, happened. She went to work that day via the underground train system, not knowing that two hijacked planes were heading to the city above her. Her future husband Adam, a farm kid from North Dakota, was serving as a teacher in a rural village in Cameroon as a Peace Corps  volunteer at the time. Carissa’s experiences in DC and on 9/11 affirmed her commitment to serving others. 

In 2007, Carissa took a position at the University of Northern Iowa, becoming the fourth generation of her family to teach. Her husband Adam is a family doctor. They have three children, whom they are raising to value the small town and rural community, education, and opportunities they had growing up. 

Upcoming Events
Tripoli Conversations with Carissa
Tripoli Library
Plainfield, Conversations with Carissa
Plainfield Public Library
Denver Conversations with Carissa
Denver Public Library
Dunkerton Conversations with Carissa
Dunkerton Public Library
Waverly Conversations with Carissa
Waverly Public Library
Sumner Conversation with Carissa, House District 63 Meet and Greet
Sumner Public Library
Readlyn Conversations with Carissa, House District 63 Meet and Greet
Readlyn Community Library
Painting and Politics Meet & Greet
Location is TBD
Pam Egli fundraiser
Waverly Golf & Country Club
Honoring our Veterans
Denver High School


Ggrandfather Sture Leonard, Grandfather

Carissa's Great G-Pa & Grandpa threshing