Tessa was raised in Orem, Utah with 4 brothers. From them, she learned to never back down from a challenge and to continually push herself. She earned a degree in Recreational Therapy from Brigham Young University. She worked as an intern at a residential treatment center for teenage girls. She has grown to love the youth population because of the change and transformation that they choose to make in their lives. She loves Discovery Ranch and the lessons that she learns from the youth every day.