Melissa joined UNC Public Policy in the spring of 2022 as the Managing Director for the MPP Program. Prior to joining Public Policy, she worked in UNC Academic Advising for 17 years, most recently as a senior academic advisor. Melissa earned her undergraduate degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication at Carolina and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Health Communication at East Carolina University. A classically trained pianist, Melissa has played professionally throughout her life and plays mostly for enjoyment now. A former Junior Miss, she remains involved in the Distinguished Young Women program in North Carolina. As a native of Asheville, NC, she enjoys spending time in the mountains with her family, especially along the Tuckasegee River. Melissa looks forward to utilizing the skills developed through her work in advising to provide holistic support for our MPP students.