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As Executive Director, Melissa curates DAP’s long-term strategies in conjunction with the organization’s corporate, nonprofit, and community partners. Her leadership facilitates the growth of those relationships as well as the ongoing enhancement of DAP’s programming and educational efforts.
Melissa possesses a wealth of knowledge on institutional advancement from years of working in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on providing access to quality education for historically marginalized children. She is a certified teacher herself and also received her master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Fontbonne University.
Most recently, Melissa served as the Vice President of Advancement at Rosati-Kain High School. For three years prior, she was Executive Director of De La Salle, Inc., and before that held other roles at the organization such as Director of Operations for three years and Director of Graduate Support for eight years. During that time she developed a robust alumni support program that spanned from high school to college to career.
Melissa served on the DAP Board before becoming Executive Director and continues to serve on the Board of Directors for Paraquad. She is an avid swimmer and celebrates life daily with her husband, David, and their cat, Ellen.