Melissa currently works for the Colorado River District as their Community Funding Partnership Program Manager. She manages the disbursement of over $4.2 million dollars annually to high impact water projects across the western slope of Colorado. Melissa has previously worked in nonprofit management and philanthropy for Vail Valley Foundation and El Pomar Foundation. Melissa first got her start in mountain biking in the back trails of Montana in her early teens cross training for ski racing. She has continued to love the sport as she has lived in both Eagle and Garfield counties.
“My passion for supporting survivors of sexual assault and my love of mountain biking truly came into being after joining the board of Sacred Cycle. Outdoor adventure alone is a healing gift for all. Mountain biking brings an element of serenity and inner confidence that serves as the perfect healing tool for survivors. I have seen this benefit firsthand. I believe that it’s ever more important that agencies like Sacred Cycle show up for survivors. And, that’s exactly what we do.”
When Melissa isn’t working, you can find her riding, backcountry skiing Colorado peaks, fly fishing the waters of the state, or backpacking with friends and family.