Tressa grew up in Iowa and attended NYSC as a delegate in 2000; she also worked on Staph at NYSC in 2001 & 2002. Tressa earned her B.S. in chemical engineering at Iowa State University, then began working on her PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Colorado Denver in 2006. She hopes to work in public health research after graduation. She enjoys hiking, traveling, skiing, reading, yoga, and cooking.