Melissa has always been passionate about design, form and function. While earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology and completing a double major in fine art from Duke University, she asked herself “How is the world designed around me?” and “How can I design the world?”
Upon graduation she worked for several design oriented firms in the Durham, NC area not only gaining experience in design but also in business. At the Bio-Design Studio she managed this lab and designed working biological research models. At the Center for Inquiry-Based Learning she administered this hands-on science education and research program. At Seesaw Studio she facilitated the early development of this youth-run design and entrepreneurial program. At Galleria d’Artiste she launched this retail gallery for fine art, decorative accessories for the home, and gifts.
Shortly after her decision to pursue a formal design education at Montgomery College, she started as an intern at JGKB. Ever since she has been inspired daily by one-of-a-kind design, quality of product, and the highest standard of professionalism.