Melissa made her first tandem jump in 1982 at the age of 5, making her a third generation skydiver. She has over 11,000 jumps and is an AFF Instructor S&TA, Demo Jumper and World Record organizer. However, what makes Melissa stand out of the crowd is the she is 3-time National Champion in Freestyle, has a total of 23 World Records – and she is a mom to boot!
Melissa co-organized the successful 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010 & 2013 Women’s Vertical World Records (WVWR). She has also organized all over the United States including famous boogies such as, Skydive Chicago’s “Summerfest,” Skydive Carolina’s “Carolina Fest,” Skydive Elsinore’s “Chick’s Rock”, and Skydive Orange’s “Orange Boogie,” as well as organized events in Canada, Mexico, Australia and Italy.
Melissa is also the creator of 4-Way VFS competitive skydiving, was a co-owner of Skydive Chicago from 2003-2007 and has published 3 books known as the Sugar Alpha Chronicles. Melissa has also worked with Dropzone Marketing for the last three years as the Content Manager. Melissa also writes from time-to-time for many skydiving industry magazine articles including Parachutist, Blue Skies Magazine, and http://www.SkydiveMag.com.