A California born, Minnesota raised middle child of six girls. Melanie has been involved in the world of dance since she was eight-years-old.
After years of various forms of dance training, she spent 5 years with her high school JV and Varsity Dance Teams. As an adult she has been an avid student of Lindy Hop.
In college she attained her B.A. in International Journalism. She completed a year of national service with AmeriCorps and spent many years as an on-air radio personality. She eventually transitioned into producing television news. It was during her time at a television news station in La Crosse, WI where Melanie first met Leslie Scott and learned about the Y.P.A.D. movement. Melanie was on board immediately, and it took only a brief moment for her to determine that she wanted to help out in any way she could.
Having studied writing and journalism, and being someone working within the world of broadcast media, Melanie was asked to be a contributor to the writing for Y.P.A.D.
As an older sister to three amazing woman, and having grown up in a household where her mother did in-home daycare, Melanie knows first hand the type of influences children are surrounded by on a daily basis. She understands the importance of Y.P.A.D. and the goals they are trying to attain. She is a strong proponent for the health and safety of youth in dance.
As a big sister, and having been a presence in the lives of countless children, I became involved with Y.P.A.D. because I’m in total agreement with what their concerns are for youth in the dance world. I recognize their goals as not only important, but as absolutely necessary if we want our youth in dance to grow up to be strong, capable, kind, independent, and actively involved individuals in the world. I’m proud to be considered a part of the movement and I look forward to the progress we make as an organization.