Melissa is the Program Manager for National Partnerships at CareerWise Colorado. She began working with students while she was still in middle school herself, developing interactive science demonstrations in her hometown for the Academy of Science-St. Louis. After winning Sally Ride’s ToyChallenge engineering design competition and the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge, Melissa created a summer science camp for underserved girls to inspire the next generation of women. She continued her advocacy at Pomona College, where she developed the first ever Disability Summit held at The Claremont Colleges, and her efforts were recognized with the Napier Fellowship. After graduating from Pomona, Melissa set out for Greece, where she developed a program to support students with learning differences at the American Farm School and facilitated the launch a peer mentoring program at Perrotis College. Returning to the U.S., Melissa became an associate at the Markle Foundation, where she helped launch Skillful Indiana and recruit 26 Governors to join the Skillful State Network. Melissa loves soccer and is an avid fan of the U.S. Women’s National team. She’s also happy to share one or two of the thousands of photos of her dog, Ellie Mae, and the recipe for a hometown favorite dessert, gooey butter cake.