B.S., Environment Studies and Government & Legal Studies, Bowdoin College
Born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Melissa developed a love for the outdoors after spending summers in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont as well as on the National Seashore of Cape Cod. This passion for the outdoors lead her to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she lead student trips for the Bowdoin Outing Club, played Ultimate Frisbee, and pursued a degree in Enviornmental Studies and Government and Legal Studies. During college, Melissa spent a summer interning for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the Boston Harbor and sharing its resources with the surrounding waterfront communities. There, she learned about the importance of environmentalism and realized how valuable nature can be to a community. In addition, Melissa's two summers spent as a camp counselor at Teton Valley Ranch Camp in Dubois, WY has instilled in her a great love for comradery, living simply, and the great outdoors, and has strongly influenced why she has returned to the Tetons immediately after graduating from college.