Melissa is originally from Massachusetts and has moved around the country from Arizona to California, South Dakota, and eventually Virginia. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Geography/Earth Science from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. She is also a certified dance instructor. She has been working at MLMS since 2018 and loves working where her children attend school.
Before working at MLMS Melissa worked for the National Park Service at Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, MA and Yosemite National Park in CA. She stopped working for the parks after the birth of her daughter in 2011 (in Yosemite). Her son was born in Badlands National Park in SD. Her husband currently works for Shenandoah National Park.
Melissa is also a dance instructor in Luray, VA where she teaches ballet, tap and jazz. She enjoys hiking all around the Shenandoah Valley and reading in her free time. She lives in Front Royal with her husband, two children, a goldendoodle and a bearded dragon.