Carissa Autry is a first-generation cowgirl with a big heart and even bigger dreams. After graduating with her Associates Degree in 2014 from Modesto Junior College, Carissa moved to the Silver State pursing a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and Political Science. Along with her studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, Carissa was also proud to be a member of the UNR Debate Team. Upon the completion of her degree, Carissa decided that home really does mean Nevada.
Carissa is currently a substitute teacher and is completing a Master’s Degree along with her teaching credentials. She has her sights set on teaching Kindergarten. Carissa hopes to be a teacher who imparts tradition and guidance to Nevada's youngest learners.
After choosing to make Reno her home, Carissa realized that this wonderful community offered her the opportunity to chase another life-long dream. Carissa has always wanted to be a true cowgirl.
For as long as she can remember, Carissa been drawn towards rodeo and the western way of life. Carissa spent her childhood running around in her daddy’s boots pretending to rope and ride. She broke her arm playing rodeo as a child, but as an adult, she's broken into the Reno Rodeo Association. Carissa volunteered as a Wrangler with the Reno Rodeo serving on the 50/50 committee and lending a hand on many other committees whenever help was needed. As the sun set on the last performance of 2017, Carissa knew she wanted more.
Carissa Autry is a 24 year-old, first generation cowgirl, who is 100% hooked and all in for Reno. She enjoys fishing Nevada’s local waters, swing dancing, and spends her free time in the saddle developing her horsemanship skills while nurturing relationships with the people and animals who are helping to make her dream a reality.