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Major Gifts Officer

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-3776 Office for Advancement EVH 102 , Box 133


Karisa joined the UCO Office for Advancement in July 2018. She works with the dean’s offices and department chairs to secure major gifts for the College of Liberal Arts. Karisa builds relationships with a portfolio of major gifts donors and prospects that can support the programs, resources, students and needs of the colleges she serves through large or multi-year financial commitments.

Prior to UCO, she worked as the Director of Development for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. She has more than 10 years of experience in development, grants and fundraising, having also worked with Easter Seals Oklahoma, ABLE Community Based Services, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona, and the El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Karisa and her husband, Dustin, have three daughters: Kenna, Eva and Jaci. They also have two dog daughters: Sadie and Dixie.


Education and Certifications

Oklahoma Christian University

Master of Business Administration and Healthcare Management


University of Oklahoma

Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science


In her free time, Karisa loves to go on adventures outside and on the road with her family and friends. 

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