Melissa brings nearly 10 years of civil rights experience to her work, where she specializes in collaborating with both institutions of higher education and public school districts. With a focus on civil rights and Clery Act compliance, Melissa conducts regular training workshops for investigators, adjudicators, and other administrators engaged in the conduct process. Her expertise extends to managing safety issues during civil rights investigations, addressing climate concerns, and handling employment investigations.
In the realm of higher education, Melissa has a specific emphasis on Title IX and Section 504 investigations. She is well-versed in conducting parallel investigations with law enforcement, ensuring a comprehensive approach to addressing complex issues. Melissa is a sought-after speaker on Title IX, sharing her insights and knowledge at both state and national levels.
In the pre-K-12 sector, Melissa extends her impact to public school districts, providing guidance on safety issues during civil rights investigations. Her expertise also encompasses special education requirements, further enhancing her ability to navigate the intricate landscape of educational compliance. Melissa's dedication to fostering a safe and inclusive environment is evident in her work with institutions at all levels of education.
University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 2009), James Wilson Scholar; Associate Editor, Journal of Constitutional Law
The Ohio State University (Bachelor of Music Education, magna cum laude, 2002), School of Music Undergraduate Outstanding Achievement Award