Meet the 2019 “Lip Sync for Lungs Live Battle!” Contestants

Josh McCarty joins us from The CSI Companies, where he serves as Regional Director for the Healthcare IT division and also participates as an active member of The CSI Gives Back charity program. He was first introduced to the lip sync battle last year when he was selected to participate at his companies Lung Force Lip Sync battle. His two kids decided to participate with him and of course, stole the show, leading Josh to a victory.

Josh lost his grandfather to lung cancer early on and has been brought up in a family of smokers. He has witnessed firsthand the damage and pain caused by lung disease and cancer. In participating in this event, he hopes to spread awareness and raise funds in the research and cure for lung disease.

Josh is a Jacksonville native who loves fishing, grilling, working out and spending time with his wife and two beautiful children. He is excited to bring his energy, sweet dance moves and positive attitude to the stage.


Carissa is a Colorado native who ran out of gas in Jacksonville. She has wanted to be in hair since she was 13 when a hairstylist changed her life and Carissa wanted to do that for other people. Her plan was to go to New York City and hair was the way. However, her love of the beach and warm temperatures had her head south.

Carissa is an advanced stylist in the hair industry. She specializes in balayage and free form coloring techniques, but her true passion is working with curly hair of all textures. She is a Certified Color, Curl, and Razor Cut Specialist and is also a Surface Hair Health Educator.  Carissa’s goal for the salon is to get every team member to reach a maximum happiness with their career, no matter the direction that may take them. She is hoping that Phi forces the hair industry to change their way of thinking.

Carissa is passionate about helping the environment because if you get on your knees and put your ear to the earth, she is the only thing that asks nothing in return for the beauty she surrounds us with. Carissa considers it an everlasting debt to preserve and protect that beauty. Carissa is part of a movement of pioneering truly sustainable solutions for re-purposing, recycling and capturing 95% of her salon and spa’s waste from entering the environment.

She lives in Jacksonville with her daughter and a rotating mix of farm animals. Carissa is more at peace when she is barefoot and will do anything possible to be outdoors. She loves random getaways and has a very odd obsession with gnomes.


Karen Nutter is an Executive Coach and founder of CBK Coaching. She has assisted countless companies and leaders in the development of more organized and effective business practices and communications. As a coach, Karen focuses on helping people recognize their strengths and motivations to create a clear path to increased success and happiness.

Karen is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Analyst® and a Certified Master Coach®. Her book, The Power of EQ: Stronger Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence, offers insight and direction for understanding and developing EQ to maximize professional and life skills.

Karen just received the award of Regional member of the Year in BNI in 2017 out of 23 nominees and is featured in Joseph Smarts book, The 10 Most Successful coaches in the world.

Karen’s passion for lung disease hits home in many ways:

  • She grew up exposed to second-hand smoke and was ill a lot as a child
  • Her Grandfather (her idol) suffered from asthma his whole life
  • Her Aunt Anne (her second-MOM) suffered from COPD prior to her passing this past year

Moving to Jacksonville in 2000 to complete a degree in Counseling, Kim had a plan. However shortly after arriving those plans changed.  Selling 6 million her first year, Kim was the top producer of her company Coldwell Banker Vanguard. What did she learn?  Old fashioned hard work, networking with fellow professionals and, most importantly, remembering that if her customers had a remarkable experience they would refer her to friends and family.

As Kim’s success grew more and more agents wanted to know what she was doing. In 2005, Kim started training other agents while selling and running a team. Today, Kim is a top producing Realtor in Fleming Island, trains and speaks across the country, currently serves as the MLS Board President and leads the Women’s Ministry at her church First Assembly in Fleming Island.

When asked about participating in the American Lung Association Lip Sync Battle Kim said, “This is a privilege. My grandmother, due to second-hand smoke, dragged an oxygen tank around with her for almost 15 years. Charity was something she championed. What better way to honor her than champion charity for a cause close to her heart!”