As a university student, Melissa found herself working in the basement of the Leighton Art Centre, which turned into a further five years of projects. During those early years, Melissa joked with colleagues that once involved with the LAC you could never leave. She did leave, however, to earn an MA in Art History and work at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England. Upon finishing her education Melissa immersed herself in the Calgary arts community. She has worked with the Okotoks Art Gallery, Heffel Fine Art Auction House and is now with the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation and Loch Gallery. As predicted by her younger self, Melissa soon returned to LAC—first as a visitor, then as a volunteer, and finally, as a board member.