Melissa was born and raised in Strasburg, where she currently resides with her husband Thomas, German Shepherd Ryder, and Golden Retriever Maple. Melissa was raised in a First Responder family and began her career journey with Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue as a Recruiter. She volunteers with the Strasburg Fire Department and still loves seeing the red lights and hearing the sirens. In her downtime, Melissa loves spending time with her friends and family, and especially her trips to the beach with them. She is a fun, loving spirit who is willing to help anyone she can.