TeamWorks Program Director
Melissa grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and did not discover her passion for the outdoors until her junior year of college. While studying psychology at Denison University, she had the opportunity to study abroad in New Zealand, where she was first exposed to the world of mountains, backpacking, and the glory of being immersed in nature.
After this life changing experience in NZ, Melissa spent the next 9 years of her life leading teen and young adult crews in different Conservation Corps, working on adult trail crews, guiding backpacking and camping trips all over the US, and exploring the world with nothing but a backpack and a pair of trail runners. Through these life experiences she discovered her passion for working on public lands with youth from all walks of life, and is thrilled by the opportunity to introduce young people to nature. Melissa spent her first summer with TeamWorks as a supervisor in 2017, and is so excited to share and expand her knowledge as the Teamworks Program Director!