Melanie began her professional career at Indiana University in residence center management and then transitioned to FYE in 1996. In her role within FYE, Melanie helped create current IU traditions such as Welcome Week, CultureFest, and The Indiana Promise. Melanie is an active leader in the Association for Orientation Transition and Retention, having served as a board member, coordinator of the nationwide internship program, editor, and author. She has also served as a consultant for several universities, reviewing orientation programs and structure. Originally from Michigan, Melanie earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in college and university administration from Michigan State University, but she has become a true, dedicated Hoosier in her years at IU.