YEAR JOINED MKLM: 2013
COUNTRY: El Salvador
FOCUS: Education and Pastoral Ministry
PROJECT(s): Cooperative ACOMUJERZA
Melissa grew up in North Huntingdon, PA. She has a BS in Communications from La Roche College and a Masters of Education degree in School Counseling from Manhattan College. She served as Director of Campus Ministry at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn before coming to MKLM. Melissa enjoys cooking, baking, gardening and seeing new places. Melissa is serving with her husband Peter and accompanied by their two children, Elijah and Evangelina.
Currently, Melissa is working with ACOMUJERZA, a cooperative in the town of Zaragoza, that gives local women, mostly single mothers, the opportunity to earn an income by producing and selling clothing while also working together to improve their local community. Melissa and Peter have also offered classes in art and English for local children through the cooperative. Melissa says “Working shoulder to shoulder with the women of the cooperative and witnessing first-hand their joys and their struggles has been a life-giving experience for me. Their perseverance in the face of adversity inspires me to be a better person.”