Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in journalism—but never wanted a byline. She preferred to write and organize content behind-the-scenes and started her career writing press releases at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). There, she was made fun of professionally by alumnus Tim Conway.
After BGSU, Melissa was responsible for printed materials at Owens Community College (slightly before college websites were “a thing”). Those materials ranged from weekly newsletters and magazines to a 500-page catalog. At Owens, Melissa also helped plan several facility openings and a visit from then-President George W. Bush.
She earned an MBA to round out her communications experience, focusing on organizational leadership (which required fewer tears than accounting). Since then, Melissa has planned, managed, and written communications for about a dozen colleges and universities, and countless corporate clients. Over the past 20 years, she has worked on both the corporate and agency sides of marketing and communications, and completely understands the hoops and hiccups clients encounter.
Before joining Dragonfly Editorial, Melissa led the marketing, media, and communications department at Memorial Health System and then UCHealth, both in Colorado. Melissa helped manage the transition and rebranding of Memorial from a city-run hospital to a division of a statewide, academic-focused health system. Her team developed internal communications, marketing campaigns, media relations, and community outreach programs for UCHealth’s hospitals, physicians, and outpatient clinics in southern Colorado.
At Dragonfly, Melissa is thrilled to help clients write a wide range of marketing materials, employee communications, and thought leadership pieces. She specializes in presenting complex topics in a clear, digestible manner.
Melissa is also a serial volunteer. Asking “How can I help?” has taken her to Beijing with the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee and waist-deep in pond water for Five Rivers MetroParks. She lives in Springboro, Ohio, with her husband, two cats, and two of the planet’s funniest kids. They divide their time between home and the local swimming pool.