Originally from Michigan, Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Communications from Calvin College. She then earned her masters of education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University.

Her background includes living and teaching in Japan, backpacking through more than 40 countries, administering international service-learning programs at the University of Denver for nine years, co-facilitating Shop for a Cause for five years, and operating a home-based business.

In 2013 Melissa joined Transformational Ventures after serving on The 1010 Project’s board for five years and as its executive director for two. Melissa offers consulting services centered on Business as Mission. She passionately mobilizes people and churches around the globe to strategically use their skills and resources to transform lives and communities.

Always celebrating Jesus’ invitation to live “life to the fullest,” Melissa loves spending quality time with her husband and two daughters, volunteering at her daughters’ school, growing spiritually with her church family at Highline Community, sipping coffee with friends, and training for triathlons.