Staying active and physically fit has been Melissa’s passion her entire life. She exemplified her love for health and fitness during her tenure in the United States Army as a Commissioned Officer. She is so passionate about influencing a healthy lifestyle that she decided to end her successful 12-year military career and pursue a Masters in Public Health from the University of Anchorage Alaska where she can focus on preventive health programs. She enjoys running on mountainous trails and participating in challenging obstacle races, although her real love for fitness was discovered when she started Crossfit in 2007.
Today, Melissa is currently a commissioner with Sitka’s Health Needs and Human Services Commission and an active public health advocate throughout the community. She is a Level-1 Crossfit Certified Trainer and was a competitor in the Alaska Crossfit State Championships in 2012 and 2014. As a mother of two, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and influencing others to live a healthy lifestyle as well is very important to her.