Melissa brings expertise and 17 years’ experience in non-profit management, sales, governmental affairs and community relations. After graduating from Southwestern University with degrees in Communications Studies and Sociology, Melissa has worked relentlessly in both the non-profit and corporate sectors. Her passion lies in building relationships and connecting individuals with a cause that will strengthen their communities.
Before joining HomeAid, Melissa served as Executive Director for Back on My Feet Austin, which combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. There, she led the fundraising efforts for the chapter and oversaw both program and development operations.
Prior to her time at Back on My Feet, Melissa launched the Hays County edition of Community Impact Newspaper. In this role, she was the face of the business journal, connecting business leaders and dignitaries with readers via quality editorial and advertising.
Previously, Melissa held positions as the Director of Program Services for Make-A-Wish of Central & South Texas, Campaign Manager for the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Youth Director for the Texas Quarter Horse Association. At each non-profit, she successfully increased fundraising and services by leveraging her contacts and resources in the community.
Melissa and her husband, Graham, reside in San Marcos with their two daughters, Adelaide and Isla, where they enjoy spending time in nature. They are frequent visitors to the San Marcos River as well as the greenbelt that backs up to their property. A former collegiate swimmer, Melissa now enjoys swimming both competitively on triathlon relay teams and recreationally with her family.