Melissa hails from the east coast, having lived in New York and Connecticut. After attending Briarcliff College she completed her college education at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She discovered the "tip of the mitt" while skiing at Boyne Mountain and sailing on Walloon Lake and Little Traverse Bay. The New England feel of the villages and the warmth of the people led her to a teaching position in Petoskey. In 1969 she had the opportunity to move to Chicago. After spending a year teaching in the inner city, she was offered the position of teacher and therapist at the Orthogenic School, a lab school of the University of Chicago, working with severely emotionally disturbed children under the guidance of Bruno Bettleheim. Working with these children as well as being a faculty member of the University was a unique privilege that had a profound impact on her life. In 1975 she left Chicago, to move to Manhattan, but a side trip to Harbor Springs became a permanent move. Still an avid skier, the north woods was the perfect antidote to the stress of her former job. About 30 years ago she segued into the Real Estate profession from interior decorating and has been active as a Realtor ever since. It is a profession that is especially appealing to her because one has to assemble many "moving parts" to complete a transaction successfully. She loves the art of negotiation and fitting buyer's with the "perfect" home. Melissa actively supports many charities in the area, loves to cook and entertain, enjoys hiking, and is passionate about tennis. Her herb garden is a source of great joy. Of French heritage, she is also a Francophile and enjoys visiting France with her husband, Phillip.