Melissa was born in the Bay Area and moved to the Central Valley while in Elementary School. After graduating High School, she attended Brigham Young University in Utah where she earned a degree in Media Arts and Communications. In college, Melissa volunteered with the Sundance Film Festival and continued to do so for several years after. She participated in a Study Abroad program in England and backpacked through Europe. Melissa completed an internship with National Geographic Television in Washington, DC and went on to work as an Independent Filmmaker. She later started a film production company, and earned a Telly Award and National Addy Award. Melissa taught arts and communications at a residential treatment center and earned a Teaching degree in Special Education. She continues to teach arts classes online, and she is with us part-time in our Marketing and Media Department.