melissa-2Melissa is the Deputy Director at Wallin Education Partners and provides primary support to the Executive Director and is involved in strategy development, identifying new community coalitions, research, fundraising, and special projects. Melissa joined Wallin Education Partners in March 2014 after working as Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Minnesota Alliance With Youth leading a statewide AmeriCorps program focused on dropout prevention and youth development.

Melissa has also worked in Career Counseling, Residence Life, and Service Learning at colleges in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Melissa earned a Masters Degree in Counseling and College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University (PA) and a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Gordon College (MA). Melissa grew up in New York and Pennsylvania and enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and English Football (aka soccer).