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Melissa initially came to Bernie’s Book Bank as a volunteer looking to make a positive impact on her community. Shortly after completing 150 volunteer hours she transitioned to a full-time processing center specialist. Melissa understands the importance of book ownership in a child’s life. Her father was illiterate and her mother worked hard to ensure she had books in their home.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a collector of vintage children’s books and often samples found imagery and text in her art practice. In her free time, Melissa enjoys road trips, concerts and spending quality time with kittens.