Melissa has been in the green industry for almost 20 years. She has a BA in Botany from the University of Washington and studied Landscape Design at Edmonds Community College. In the beginning of her horticultural career she was employed at local nurseries including Sky Nursery, Emery’s Garden, and Bellevue Nursery. After returning to the U.S. following an appointment as an Environmental Education Action Agent of the Peace Corps in Gabon, Central Africa, she decided to make sustainable education her career. For 8 years she worked for In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes, educating clients how to be more sustainable in their gardens and teaching Integrated Pest Management classes to coworkers. While in Bothell, she volunteered as an organizer for Sustainable Bothell, an organization dedicated to educating, motivating, and connecting local community members. Melissa was manager for Rooster’s Rendezvous at Country Village for 6 years and currently manages a community garden in Mill Creek that helps donate food to a local food pantry. Melissa is wife to a computer guru and mother of a 4 year old girl.