Melissa is a Lawton native who spent her childhood living in Medicine Park where she attended the old K-8 school before transferring into Lawton schools in the 4th grade. Her time at Whittier Elementary instilled a life-long love of the arts. Her interest in media began in high school when she began staring in her family’s television commercials. (They owned a local business for 62 years.) She went on to study broadcasting at Cameron University and interned at KCCU, assisting with shows such as Jazz Spectrum and a live weekend classical program. She began to write her family’s commercials for television and radio, and was spokesperson in both genres. She later went on to an internship at 98.1 FM doing the early morning news and participating in the morning show banter. Along the way in her studies at Cameron, she took a different path and completed her Bachelors of Arts in English. She then moved around the country, living on both coasts doing everything from ranch hand to organic toothpaste sales, until coming back home to raise a family in Lawton. She spent 13 delightful and adventurous years as a stay-at-home, home schooling mom of two ridiculously gifted children, who look just like their mother, before entering back into the workforce at the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. As destiny would have it, a position opened at KCCU, and coming full-circle, she again found her way back home to her first passion. Along the way, Melissa has served on the board of the Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild since 2007, the Arts for All Gala Committee since 2014, the Lawton Community Theatre board since 2019 as the Fundraising Chair, and is currently serving on the Lawton Business Women’s board as the Membership Chair. For fun, Melissa and her two brilliant kids volunteer their time at Lawton Community Theatre performing in shows and working on the crew for various performances. She also enjoys lots of family time, yoga, walks by the lake, baking bread, and binging Netflix.