Melissa joined RGS in 2006. Prior to that, she taught art in New York for seven years and completed her MA at Teachers College, Columbia University. She and her husband started visiting New Mexico in 1999 and fell in love with the incredible natural landscape and the chance to explore a new and completely different place. They returned every summer and in 2006 decided to take the leap and live in a place that is beautiful, inspiring, and fun. Melissa likes to be around kids and to go for hikes and to paint. She also exhibits with the Santa Fe Society of Artists.