Melanie manages marketing, communications and recruitment efforts for the University Without Walls (UWW). Prior to joining the UWW staff she served as a non-profit executive director.
She is inspired by the adults in her family who have returned to school to complete their college degrees, including her mother, who earned her AS in nursing in her 40s, her step-mother who earned her BFA and MFA in her 50s and her mother-in-law, who earned her bachelor's degree from the UMass University Without Walls in 2003 at the age of 63.
- B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, Summa Cum Laude; Double Major: Social Thought & Political Economy, Communication; Minor: Women's Studies
- M.A., Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Arachnology; public policy; political science.
Melanie's life is probably quite similar to many of yours. It includes racing around in the morning, driving a little too fast to work, working hard, driving a little too fast home, eating dinner, listening to her daughters fight about ridiculous things, some sighing and eye rolling, listening to the news and oscillating between rage and grief, a little housework, a little tv, and then waking up and doing it all over again. When she has time, she enjoys doing nothing, being left alone, gardening, listening to NPR, watching the birds, yoga, funny, smart TV, really bad TV, laughing, engaging in democracy, and spending time with her husband, daughters, three rescue dogs, one mouse-killing cat, a chubby, elderly guinea pig, a snake and a tarantula.