Meet Melissa

U.S. Navy Veteran. Wife and Mother. Businesswoman.

Melissa’s story begins in her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, where she proudly enlisted in the United States Navy right after high school. She served her country with honor and distinction as a Russian translator for ten years during the Cold War, as well as during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She received numerous awards for strategic operations in partnership with our allies.

After multiple tours in the Navy, Melissa entered civilian life and started her own successful transcription company. She served as a city councilwoman and mayor where she successfully passed regulatory and tax relief for small-businesses...

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Melissa has five children with her husband, Nico, who is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served 25 years around the world. He proudly continues to serve today as a commander in an active naval reserve unit​.

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