Melissa was born in Texas and raised in Texas and Iowa. Melissa graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Gerontology and has worked in senior living for 24 years. When Melissa lived in Iowa, she provided therapeutic activities in long-term care facilities and eight years in an Adult Day program where she worked with adults with Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury. Upon moving to Arizona 3 years ago, Melissa began working in Assisted Living. Melissa states she loves working with seniors because they have a desire to continue to learn and have fun. She is very passionate about helping seniors explore new activities they can enjoy that they may never have thought they would. She is a Certified Activity Director and is a member of the National Association of Activity Professionals and the Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Society.
Melissa lives in Chandler with her boyfriend and two senior cats, 9 and 17 years old. She enjoys traveling in her spare time and has been out of the country three times to Mexico, France and Australia and hopes to see more of Europe in the future. Melissa would also love to see more of the United States, specifically the Pacific Northwest and the East coast. She also likes exercising, bicycling, swimming and going to movies.