Marissa Yi is a creative entrepreneur, photographer, and artist who grew up in Germany, then Georgia (the state, not the country), and has called Roanoke home for the past ten years. In addition to her board duties, Marissa regularly photographs events for CHIP and donates portrait sessions through her business, Bella Muse Photography, to CHIP families and children. Charitable spirit runs in the family, as she and her daughter also deliver meals at Thanksgiving, and buy and collect toys to donate back to CHIP in the winter. In her spare time, Marissa devotes herself to volunteer work, further strengthening her understanding of community needs and fostering connections with diverse groups. Her compassionate nature and empathetic approach enable her to build bridges across cultures and promote harmony through understanding and acceptance. When not completing CHIP of Roanoke Valley board duties, Marissa also serves as Vice President on the board for the Roanoke Diversity Center and regularly volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Latinas Network.
Why CHIP? In her own words: “Every individual and couple and family deserve a home, healthcare, and to be able to put food on their table. The world doesn’t need billionaires. It needs to work to eliminate hunger and homelessness.”