Melissa has had a lifelong passion for health promotion and disease prevention. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and began her career as a clinical dietitian in the medical rehabilitation and skilled nursing units completing patient nutrition assessments and appropriate diet interventions. Much of her time was also spent educating patients and their families on specific diet instruction and proper nutrition.
After realizing she wanted to focus more on primary prevention and social determinants of health, she returned to school to obtain a Master of Public Health degree in Prevention Science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Melissa is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and greatly enjoys developing health promotion programs. Prior to joining KDHRC, Melissa worked with the Illinois Hunger Coalition where she analyzed federal nutrition programs and collaborated on various grant proposals.
At KDHRC, she is most excited about collaborating on various projects, learning from her colleagues and successfully sharing public health information. When not in the office, Melissa loves to spend time with her son and miniature dachshund. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring new restaurants, visiting farmers markets, cooking for her family and listening to live music.