Melanie has been with Camp Fire Alaska since 2011, coming from a diverse background in youth development and community based programming. She has worked with programs both domestically and internationally ranging from outdoor education/recreation, summer camps and licensed school age child care programs, as well as environmental conservation projects.
Melanie grew up on a small farm in Northeast Ohio and moved to Alaska in 2011 after spending several years in the Pacific Northwest directing Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation programs. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Zoology and Anthropology, with a focus on environmental conservation and indigenous cultures and people. Early experiences involved working with youth and communities both domestically and internationally. Ultimately she discovered camp and it power to transform youth and adults. She has spent the last 18 years working professionally in the youth development industry. As the Chief Operations Officer, she provides oversight and leadership to all Camp Fire Alaska operations.
In her free time, Melanie enjoys crafting, gardening, hiking, fishing, harvesting wild edibles, and spending time with her husband and two huskies outdoors in Alaska.