An active skydiver with a vast experience and respect for our history


National Director

 My mission is to help continue moving the sport forward using my unique and diverse skill set in the sport, and to help better communicate and promote our sport within and out of the industry.

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Need an inspirational, motivational or educational speaker for a conference, event, or online workshop? Melissa is a skilled leader, speaker, presenter, and emcee with over a decade of experience.

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Interested in attending or inquiring about any of Melissa’s skydiving events? Yoga Teacher Trainings? Speaking events? Click to check out Melissa’s upcoming calendar of events!

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Through skydiving, Melissa’s leadership skills helped her organize several well-known events such as the USPA National Skydiving Championships, International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame, Sponsorship Liaison to the World Meet, and several boogies.

  • Over 11,000 Skydives
  • 23 World Records (2003 – 2018)
  • US Nationals Medals in Freestyle, Freefly & 10-Way
  • USPA D-License, Instructor & Pro Ratings
  • 2011 Stephan Banic Award
  • Co-Creator of Vertical Formation Skydiving
  • Lead Organizer for Events Nationwide
  • Organized Events Around The Globe
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The Sugar Alpha Chronicles are a series of books based on the life of the late skydiving pioneer and Melissa’s father, Roger Nelson. Originally written by Roger, the series were not published until years after his death when Melissa picked up the dusty manuscript and turned them into books. A decade’s worth of research and finding out truths of her past the series came to fruition.

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