Melissa was born and raised in Monroe, New Jersey. As a teenager, her family relocated to the Eastern Shore of Virginia where she graduated from Arcadia High School. Melissa joined the Navy right out of high school and served seven years as an Interior Communications Electrician where she was responsible for maintaining and repairing multi-million dollar shipboard communication systems. In 2014, Melissa decided to separate from the military to pursue a career in the legal field. She graduated with Honors from Tidewater Community College with her Associate of Applied Science Degree with a major in Paralegal Studies in 2016. Thereafter, she began pursuit of her Bachelor’s Degree at Regent University. In 2018, Melissa began working as a Paralegal for The Law Office of Shelly F. Wood.
During her off time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and children doing anything outdoors. She and her husband have four daughters, who range in age from 16 to 3-year-old twins. An animal lover, Melissa and her husband rescued their two German Shepherds from a local rescue group in Virginia Beach. Growing up in a traditional Italian family, Melissa developed a passion for cooking and baking at a young age.