Originally hailing from Traverse City, Melissa has always loved the calming effects of our Great Lakes. Through her studies and travel have taken her to many places around the globe, she’s always embraced returning home to West Michigan to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with her family and friends.
Melissa graduated from Central Michigan University with an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a minor in Anthropology which afforded her the opportunity to travel abroad with her studies to the American University of Rome and the University de Paul Cezanne in Aix en Provence, France.
With her background in Anthropology and a love for history, Melissa began working towards her Master's Degree in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University.
Before graduating Melissa, once again taking advantage of studying abroad, completed an internship with the Israel Antiquities Authority, and later interned in the archives at the University of Michigan Kelsey Archaeological Museum, and the General Motors Technological Center archives.
In 2018 she successfully opened and operated her own coffee shop, Corridor Coffee, which she decided to sell in 2020.
With her archival and business background, Melissa brings to the Calder team great attention to detail and record-keeping skills to help solidify Calder’s operational base as it continues to grow.