Melissa is originally from Southeast Texas and moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend college. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Melissa started as a volunteer working with Friends of the Children—Portland program youth through the Next Steps Project. She then served a 10 month AmeriCorps service as Post Secondary coordinator for the Next Steps Project. After her service was complete she transitioned into the role of professional Friend. She appreciates the commitment to the youth FriendsPDX serves. She enjoys making art of different mediums, reading, visiting museums and traveling.