Melissa grew up as member of the St. Pius community, attending K-8 there and graduating from Lourdes in 1997. After graduation, she obtained her BA in Economics from Carleton College and her JD from William Mitchell College of Law. Melissa practiced law at Dunlap & Seeger, P.A. for the last sixteen years where she was an owner, member of the firm’s management team, and chair of the human resources committee. In October 2021, Melissa became the Director of Planned Giving at Carleton College. She has served on the boards of Samaritan Bethany, Inc., Families First of Minnesota, Honors Choirs of SE Minnesota, the Olmsted County Bar Association, and the Rochester Estate Planning Council. She has a child at St. John’s, a child at St. Pius, and another eagerly awaiting the start of preschool. Melissa’s husband Andy recently began working at Mayo Clinic in Child Life after fifteen years as a private school elementary teacher.