Melissa has over 20 years experience within the Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Agriculture and Community Engagement fields. During this time she has worked with a wide range of stakeholders from farmer, Landcare and Indigenous groups through to senior executives within the public and private sectors.
Melissa has been involved in the development and implementation of community based rehabilitation projects; implementation and evaluation of practice change projects; development and extension of community education programs; provision of advice and specialist information on best practice in the areas of farm, soil, water and biodiversity management; and coordination and management of facilitator networks both at the state and national level. Melissa helped to establish and coordinate the National NRM Facilitator Network.
Melissa has particular interests in working with groups and organisations to develop a shared vision and workable objectives along with the practical steps of program implementation. She has been intimately involved in facilitating program planning including the development of Program Logic and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning plans. She is particularly interested in the power of personal experience and stories to add colour and life to quantitative data and information.
Melissa has a Bachelor of Science from the University of New England and has also completed postgraduate studies in Science Education and Agriculture. The later was undertaken with a full scholarship from the Cotton Research and Development Corporation and she completed the qualification with exceptional merit. She has also completed extensive training in facilitation, communication and capacity building.