Since 2017 Malissa has led the team at CapeCodCAN, an independent organization in partnership with the Cotuit Center for the Arts providing innovative and inclusive visual, performance and literary arts programs for teens and adults of all abilities.
Malissa has over 30 years experience working in disability non profit leadership and prior to joining CapeCodCAN spent 10 years as the Associate Executive Director and Director of Family Support for the Arc of Greater Plymouth. From 2002-2006 she was the Director of Plymouth Community Art Center, an art education, studio and gallery space.
She is currently the Vice Chair of the Plymouth Bay Cultural District and together with fellow Executive Committee members, has expanded the mission and scope of the District to include public art projects and free cultural events for all ages. Malissa is the Chair of Healthy Plymouth, a collaborative committed to providing engaging out of school programming for youth and teens as prevention to substance use and risky behaviors. Healthy Plymouth works closely with BID-Plymouth Hospital and Plymouth Public Schools. She is co-founder of New Heights, a music initiative for youth living in income eligible housing complexes in collaboration with South Shore Conservatory and as a passionate advocate for disabled rights, serves on the Plymouth Department of Developmental Services' Citizen's Advisory Board and Cape and Islands DDS Planning Committee. She serves on BID-Plymouth Hospital's Community Benefit's Advisory Council, identifying social determinants of health and outreach programs to address them.
She is passionate about youth, self-advocacy, inclusion, arts and culture and the recognition of one community of acceptance where all live, work and play.
In June 2018, Malissa was recognized by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as one of the Commonwealth's "Unsung Heroines" for 2018.