Skydiver | Author | Yogi | Speaker


National Director

 My mission is to help continue moving the sport of skydiving forward using my diverse skill set to better communicate & 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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Yoga Teacher Training

Curious about becoming a yoga instructor? Become certified with Melissa who is a 200-ERYT Yoga Instructor with additional certifications in Yin,Yoga Trapeze and Personal Training.

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Through skydiving, Melissa’s leadership skills lead her to also host and support 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 other events.

  • 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
  • Highlight Pro Skydiving Team member
  • Project 19 Organizer
  • TEDx Speaker
  • 3x Published Author
  • ERYT 200-Hour Lead Yoga Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
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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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