Melissa is a Walla Walla, WA native with Mexican roots. Her family is originally from Durango, Mexico, and came to Walla Walla for agriculture work. She attended Green Park Elementary School from kindergarten through fifth grade and is currently the Student and Community Advocate at the school. 

Her passion for helping families in the community stems from her younger years of personally utilizing community services. She comes from a big family and has five brothers and two sisters. She studied Psychology and Human Development Family Studies at Washington State University, Go Cougs! She has previously worked for Children’s Home Society and various social service agencies focusing on children and families. 

She hopes to bring her knowledge and compassion to her new role in serving the students, families and staff at Green Park Elementary School.