Director of Public Health

Melissa first joined STRYV365 in February 2020 as a consultant while working as the Senior Research Analyst for the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health. During her time at the state, she informed the Governor’s Office on the status of over 40 indicators of child health and well-being while working collaboratively with four government agencies. She has extensive knowledge of Wisconsin data and statistics on social determinants of health and factors that contribute to a child's quality and length of life, such as income and racial inequities, educational outcomes, and childhood adversity.  

Melissa holds a master’s degree in Social Work and Administration fromTemple University in Philadelphia, a master’s degree in Public Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Public and Community Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her research is aligned with the STRYV365 mission, focusing on innovative interventions that mitigate toxic stress, improve resiliency, build social-emotional skills and reduce the likelihood of poor health outcomes for children.  

Melissa is originally from Philadelphia and moved to Wisconsin from Ocean City, New Jersey, in 2011. She enjoys staying active with triathlon training and is a multiple Ironman finisher with status as an Ironman All World Athlete. She resides in Waukesha County with her teenage son, daughter, and a dog named Stevie Nicks.