Administrative Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator
Karis was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, except for her one year as a high school exchange student in Spain. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she majored in Hotel & Restaurant Administration and Spanish. While at OSU, she met and married Thomas, the love of her life (and Stephen’s brother). After graduating in 2012, Thomas and Karis spent seven months in the Middle East learning Arabic, managing a language center, and growing to love Arab people and their culture. After returning from abroad, they lived in Austin, where Karis served on staff as the administrator for a non-profit pregnancy resource center. She is eager to use her administrative skills and passion for engaging with people from other cultures to serve and learn from refugees in Dallas. In her free time, she enjoys travel, volleyball, baking, and eating.