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The MAC Initiative: Honoring Marissa Ann Carrillo

Marissa Ann Carrillo (December 16, 1992-August 22, 2019) had cerebral palsy and microcephaly. She was a sister, a friend, and a confidant. She was everything good in the world. Not many people are lucky enough to grow up with the honor of being the older sibling of someone with disabilities, as such, I feel I have unique insight to what many families and caregivers feel in life, love, and loss.
A Sisters Legacy has been a long time coming. I have wanted to start a non-profit but have often wondered if it was my calling. Since completing my Masters of Social Work in the CAP (Community and Administrative Practice) at The University of Texas at Arlington, I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of the non-profit world. I have learned that even the most seemingly upright person can turn out to be the person taking advantage of our most vulnerable populations. I have also learned my limitations as a person and as a Social Worker and that I must continually strive to educate myself and correct oppressions while taking care of myself and my own mental health. You cannot pour from an empty cup.
I hope that you all choose to join me in Making Accessible Care for women+ so that Marissa’s legacy can live on in our service to others!
Karen Carrillo, LMSW

Founder & President


Karen Carrillo, LCSW

President & Founder

Sarah Walter, BSW


Amethyst Boehringer


Toni Blevins