Melissa has over twenty-five years in the graphic design industry and was influential in helping launch the Motion Graphics program at the Dave School. She has over 17 years’ experience teaching with 8 of those years online. Melissa holds a BFA in Theatre, BFA in Visual Communications and a MFA in Graphic Design .

Prior to teaching, Melissa worked in the Entertainment Industry; she has over thirty years of experience designing sets to being a production manager on events. The last 10 years in the industry saw her designing laser shows and traveling around the world.