Melinda is an Arizona native and spent her childhood traveling across the United States camping and hiking in the National Parks. While attending Arizona State, she had the opportunity to study abroad in France and work for a French company as a marketing intern in Paris. After receiving her B.S. in Marketing and a minor in French, she spent a year in Aurillac, France teaching English to junior high and high school students. Upon her return to the US, Melinda spent several years working in weddings and special events in various sales and marketing roles. Melinda relocated to Washington DC in 2016 and joined ATA to combine her love of marketing with her passion for travel.