Melissa is a 20+ year veteran of Dallas area non-profits; serving as a volunteer, board member and in executive leadership roles. Formerly, she headed the largest division of the American Heart Association as Executive Director. Melissa was responsible for delivering 14 million in revenue in order to fund research leading to the next heart related breakthroughs in science and technology, in addition to transforming the health of communities. Also, as Chief Development Officer at Dallas Habitat for Humanity; Melissa worked alongside community leaders such Roger Staubach, Toni Brinker, Brint Ryan and Mike Gruber on a transformational $100 million dollar strategic community investment called, “Dream Dallas.” This historic initiative by a non-profit paired federal, city and private funds to revitalize five dilapidated neighborhoods in South and West Dallas; serving thousands of families through new home ownership, home restoration and foreclosures, tearing down blighted and nuisance properties and neighborhood outreach.
Affiliations include Executive Women of Dallas, President-elect of the National Charity League – Frisco, Legacy Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Cattle Baron’s Ball, Sustainer – Junior League of Dallas, Dallas Regional Chamber’s 2010 Leadership Dallas class and named “Emerging Leader” in 2009 through Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders program, Stonebriar Women’s Golf Association.
Originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Melissa graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.F.A. in Theater, using her talents as a national spokesperson for several Fortune 500 companies, but her passion is working on unique projects with interesting people and companies. On the weekends you will find Melissa with her husband Jeff, children Grant & Katie and Goldendoodle, Ruby.