Melanie is originally from a small farm in Northeast Ohio and moved to Alaska in 2011, after spending several years in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Zoology and Anthropology, with a focus on environmental conservation and indigenous peoples. Early work experiences involved working with youth and communities both domestically and internationally. Ultimately she discovered camp and has spent the last thirteen years working professionally in the camping industry, overseeing outdoor education, conferences and retreats, and summer camp programs. Melanie has been supporting the development of Camp Fire’s programs since 2011. In her free time, Melanie enjoys gardening, hiking, skijoring, and spending time with her husband and two huskies outdoors in Alaska.