Melissa was born and grew up in Atlanta. She knows the city well and is thrilled and in awe of how much it has grown and developed since her youth.
Melissa has been involved with the Southeast Yoga Conference (SEYC) since its inception as the Atlanta Yoga Conference (AYC) in 2006. The SEYC is the embodiment of her practice of yoga as her passion and way of life. Her personal life, work life, community, and spiritual path align in her role as Co-Director of SEYC.
Melissa was thrilled to connect with Nicole Jurovics in 2008, when the conference was at a crossroads. Melissa has a strong business and financial planning background that she brought to her role in overseeing the conference. However, Nicole’s creative thinking and promotional savvy helped the conference to develop and expand way beyond its status quo.
The conference name changed from the “Atlanta Yoga Conference” to the “Southeast Yoga Conference” in 2011. This change was made to reflect its growing geographic base and number of attendees as well as its more regional and national presence in the yoga community. Melissa continues to focus on SEYC operations, development, and budgeting and is so grateful to have Nicole as a partner in offering such an important yoga event in the Southeast. Their partnership has further expanded into Southeast Yoga Retreats, an offering of yoga retreats throughout the year with some of the most wonderful and respected yoga teachers and some of the most amazing locales the Southeast has to offer.
As SEYC Co-Director, Melissa has been interviewed on local public radio and appeared on local television to discuss the SEYC, the yoga community in Atlanta and the Southeast, and yoga’s proliferation and transformation in the West.
In addition to her role in the SEYC, Melissa has been teaching yoga since 2006. She is recognized as E-RYT 500, Yoga Alliance’s highest designation based on experience and training. Prior to teaching yoga and her role as SEYC Co-Director, Melissa was a health care business consultant with Sullivan Consulting Group for ten years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Oberlin College and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration from Georgia State University. She has happily transferred her skills as a former business consultant for physicians and hospitals to her role as Co-Director of the SEYC.
Melissa lives with her husband, Michael, in Decatur, Georgia. She is ever-grateful to him for supporting and understanding her passion for working on the yoga conference, constantly and throughout the year!