Melissa has been involved in SHRM volunteer positions since 2001. She has served as a volunteer to her profession in both New Mexico and Alabama. Melissa served as President for the Albuquerque Chapter, HRMA, in addition to other roles on the Board and served in multiple positions for the New Mexico State Council including chairing the NM State Conference. In 2011, she returned to her home state of Alabama and within a year was volunteering for the North Alabama SHRM Chapter Board. She also spent 4 years co-chairing the Alabama SHRM State Conference.
Melissa has over 20 years of human resources experience, 14 years in the government contracting industry. Melissa also worked in the banking and staffing industries. Melissa’s areas of expertise include: Strategic Planning, Policy Development, HR Administration, Process Improvement, Organizational Change, Compensation & Benefits, Performance Management, Mergers & Acquisition, Employee Relations (including labor union relations and negotiation), HR Technology, Security, and Compliance.
What Melissa loves about HR is the variety of challenges and collaboration with others. She has worked with such a diverse group of people – their backgrounds, areas of expertise, and experiences. She has been involved in system implementations, mergers and acquisitions bringing diverse company cultures together, and everything in HR (compensation, performance management, talent management, benefit plan negotiations, compliance, employee relation). Through this work and her volunteer roles, she has been able to develop a great network of HR friendships and has been able to learn and develop, providing the experience to be able to coach and mentor other HR professionals in their career journeys.
At HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Melissa serves as a key member of the Senior Executive Leadership Team providing leadership and direct engagement in all aspects of Human Resources to include employee administration, employee relations, talent management, and performance management. She aligns the direction, services, and innovations of the Human Resources department with the direction and strategies of HudsonAlpha.
Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in both General Management and Human Resources Management from the University of New Mexico. In addition, Melissa obtained a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Melissa is certified as a SHRM-SCP by the Society for Human Resource Management and a SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) by HRCI.