Melissa joined MENTOR Nebraska in 2019 as the Senior Director of Programming. In this role, Melissa oversees data collection and evaluation, helps implement the National Quality Mentoring System across Nebraska, and is the initial point of contact for all new member agencies. She also oversees the implementation of Success Mentors.
Melissa previously served as the Director of Community Impact-Education at United Way of the Midlands. In this role, she managed the education portfolio of the community investment work, including the bi-annual allocations process and special initiative grants. Melissa served as the project manager for community-level initiatives including the School Based Attendance Coalition and Book Trust literacy pilot project, while providing leadership in the expansion of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading initiative in the Omaha metro area. Prior to her work at United Way, she held leadership positions at Latino Center of the Midlands, Partnership 4 Kids, and Heartland Family Service. Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska - Omaha. She is a 2011 graduate of the Nonprofit Executive Institute and past board member of the South YMCA.