Melissa began working for Project QUEST in July 2015. She is originally from Nederland, TX, which is a small town in the Gulf Coast area near the Louisiana border. Melissa has many years of experience in higher education admissions, recruitment, and scholarships, as well as eight years of experience working with teens in parish ministry. One of her favorite aspects of working with Project QUEST is in the moments when participants realize, many for the first time, that they can achieve success and reach their goals. She enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.