Melanie set up rock stands rather than lemonade stands in the summer and purveyed interesting rocks rather than refreshing drinks.
Melanie has been a volunteer with the watershed council of every watershed she has lived in, starting as a water quality intern for the Organization for the Assabet River in high school. She led cleanups on the Mystic River during college and co-founded the annual Johnson Creek Cleanup when she moved to Oregon.
Melanie and her husband Matt built a catio at their house in Portland which was featured in the 2017 “Cats Safe at Home” tour.
Melanie played bass guitar in a heavy metal band during high school.