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Marissa Sweat – Evans was born in Charleston, South Carolina on September 27th, 1986 to James Sweat and the late Tracy Graham. Marissa is the youngest girl of 6, 2 sisters and 3 brothers. Marissa grew up in Holly Hill, South Carolina where she attended and graduated from Holly Hill Roberts High in the year 2004.
Marissa furthered her education by attending Midlands Technical College where she graduated with a certificate in Early Childhood Education in 2017 and an associate degree in Early Childhood Education in 2018.
Marissa has been married for 6 years to her husband Terence Evans. Together they have 3 children (Jaylen, Jada and Ny’Asia Evans), Their oldest and only boy, Jaylen has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism.
Marissa enjoys volunteering in the special needs community in honor of her son Jaylen. When she had Jaylen, she was clueless about what it took to raise a child with special needs. With the help of her mother, they began looking for resources to assist in the rearing of Jaylen. While on this journey Marissa has met some incredible moms, who share similar stories which empowered her desire to provide inclusive opportunities for the special needs community.
Marissa gets a high seeing the smiles on the faces of those who are voiceless. It’s not about recognition for her, it’s about creating opportunities for the voiceless.