Our Staff

Karissa Drye
Operations & Program Director

Operations & Program Director, Karissa Drye– Karissa is responsible for managing Homeword’s homebuyer and financial education programs, housing and financial counseling services, as well as for the operations and administration functions of the organization.  She is responsible for managing program and administrative staff, managing the budget, ensuring program compliance, evaluating outcomes, writing grants and developing partnerships to address community and client needs.

Karissa has earned the NeighborWorks certification in Homeownership Counseling for Program Mangers and Executive Directors, as well as the NCHEC Homeownership Counseling certificate. She is in the process of earning her Housing Development Finance Professional certificate from the National Development Council.

Karissa has an M.P.A and M.Ed. from the University of Montana, where she worked in New Student & Family Programs for over 9 years. In her time at the University, Karissa also served on the Board of Directors for the Montana Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities Council (MPSEOC).