Professional Award-Winning Public Speaker,
Certified Achievement Coach
Melanie was born and raised in the small auto manufacturing town of Swartz Creek, Michigan. She enlisted in the Army at 18 and traveled the world serving her country in Somalia, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, Korea and here at home in California and Kentucky. Melanie continued her travels after serving in the Army and worked as a Government Contractor in Italy.
Upon her return to the United States in 2009, she was “discovered” by Dr. Bill Mitchell in El Paso while volunteering for her son’s Marching Band. Dr. Mitchell offered her a position with the local Dale Carnegie Group where she started as an office assistant, however, her fearless approach to life and her ability to connect with people quickly transitioned her from the office to one of El Paso’s most sought after up and coming speakers.
She is currently the Entertainment and Fundraising Chair on the Board of Directors for the El Paso Hotel Motel Association and serves on the board of directors for KCOS/PBS station.
She has shared the stage with Jack Canfield, co-author of “Chicken Soup For the Soul” and with Forbes Riley of QVC/Home Shopping Network just to name a few.
Melanie has won several awards for speaking as well as her most recent award as the “Top Entrepreneur Selection” for the “Spirit Business Angel” 2014 award. She was also named the 2013 Human Resource Professional of the Year for the El Paso Human Resource Society. However, she is most proud of becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International.
Melanie has one son, Luka, who is currently attending Stanford University while she resides on the Westside of El Paso, TX.