Melissa brings expertise, organization, hope and fun to the college process! She has worked in the field of college counseling for 24 years and has enjoyed helping dreams come true for her students. Her favorite motto is, “Wish It, Dream It, Do It”! Melissa believes that the college process should be filled with more joy than stress, as there are so many opportunities for every student to create a fabulous future. “We have nothing at all to lose by shooting for the stars, as long as we have superb back-up plans!”
Melissa holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling, with School Counselor Certification and graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Individual and Family. She has been a college counselor in both public and private schools in the states of Florida and Connecticut. Prior to joining College Connections, she was the Director of College Counseling for a prestigious college-preparatory school in Florida for seven years. She has been successful placing students in their best match colleges. Melissa loves working with students of all academic backgrounds. She explains, “Some students have perfect college profiles and others have struggled during high school years. Regardless of the past, I believe that anything is possible over time. With optimism and careful planning, strengths can be maximized and weaknesses minimized. We all have something amazing inside and it is my honor to help each person find the “next best step” in planning a great future.” Melissa’s professional organizations include National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), National Association Independent Schools (NAIS), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), and the College Board. Melissa lives in Florida with her husband and her yellow-lab, Sunshine.