Karissa is a 2003 graduate of Washington High School in Cherokee and a 2008 graduate of the University of South Dakota ,with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science. She is currently employed at the Cherokee Hy-Vee Food Store.
Ben is a 1998 graduate of Vermillion High School and a graduate from Mitchell Tech in 2003 and 2004, with degrees in Satellite Communications and Power linemen. Ben is employed at Edison International in Alta.
The couple reside in Cherokee, and they are the proud parents of Elizabeth and Devin Hays.