Having started out in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to New York’s concrete jungle, Melissa returned to her childhood Colorado stomping grounds in 2016. After studying marketing at Virginia Tech and working as a copywriter at an NYC-based digital marketing agency, she went on to start her own venture. Melissa co-founded a brand consulting firm, but the lure to luxury was calling her. She stepped away to join the Collective team and bring the beauty and essence of Collective Retreats to the masses. Although she loves the outdoors in all forms, she’s especially fond of winter in the Rockies as well as the skiing and backcountry snowshoeing that comes with it.