Born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, Melissa spent the majority of her time from the age of 7 training to be an Olympic gymnast. However, a nasty back injury at the age of 13 shattered that dream, so she developed a new dream of getting a college scholarship and competing in Division I NCAA Women’s Gymnastics, which she did for four years at Michigan State University (Go Green!).
After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University-James Madison College, she went straight to law school at the University of Michigan, where she earned her Juris Doctor. Upon graduation from law school in 2004, Melissa moved to Cincinnati to start her legal career.
In 2012, she moved to Washington, DC, and then, in 2016, she moved to Chicago, where she currently resides and works as an Assistant General Counsel for the American Medical Association.
When not working, you can catch Melissa working out, relaxing at home on a college football Saturday cheering on her beloved Spartans, or singing at whatever volume she feels like at that moment.