MaLisa grew up in the South Bronx with her two younger brothers, step father and mother in an underprivileged environment. Her biological father committed suicide and her dad died of aids. Her mother died after having a liver transplant and almost 10 years sober. MaLisa was on her own at 15 years old and battled against her upbringing and exposure to negative influences, at the age of 17 she got her 1st apartment and raised her three children obtaining her associates, working full time and purchased her 1st home in Waterbury CT at 37 years old.
She created FreeTHEM Inc. to be the difference to others she wished someone was to her growing up.