Melissa joined the Variety team as the Community Fundraising Coordinator in March 2018. Upon completing an Event Management diploma in 2009, she independently organised an event in support of an environmental charity and learnt first-hand how challenging community initiatives could be. Melissa started her career coordinating corporate events and most recently has been in fundraising roles where her passion lies. Having experienced both sides of fundraising, Melissa is driven to provide the highest level of support to the community in their fundraising endeavours.

Mel is the loving guardian of 2 cats, Rosie and Emilia, however is adamant she is not fast-laning to Cat Lady status, time will tell.