Allison grew up in rural Wisconsin. She and her husband have been married for over twenty years and are blessed with four sons. For twenty years, she and her family have lived in East Asia. She has been active in mentoring and counseling women, as well as helping other expats adjust to life overseas. Allison earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. She holds a Certificate in Global Trauma Recovery from Missio Seminary as well as a Certificate in Addictions Counseling from Waynesburg University. She enjoys learning about other cultures, reading biographies, running, and hiking in nature.