Melissa has worked in education and nonprofits for 10 years. She started by answering phones for the Magik Theatre, working her way up to the full-time performer, special events coordinator, grants manager, and executive assistant. It was there that she realized her passion for nonprofits that cater to children in San Antonio.
Melissa is a certified teacher in the State of Texas. She taught for NEISD as a theatre teacher and served as Department Head. She is a member of the San Antonio Women's Chamber and has been participating in their Transformational Leadership Development Series. She also is a member of and serves on committees for the Emerging Leaders Council of the United Way.
Melissa holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Our Lady of the Lake University, in addition to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the College of Santa Fe, graduating Cum Laude and receiving various awards, including the prestigious Greer Garson Award.
Why do you work for SA Youth: "Knowing you're making a difference in a child's life means knowing you're making the world a better place. Children do not need to be at the mercy of their circumstance. SA Youth is a place where they can be inspired, encouraged, validated, and most importantly, enabled to succeed."