Melissa, who also goes by Lima, was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in New Hampshire from Guatemalan immigrant parents. Melissa received her B.A. in Christian Ministries with a Cross-Cultural concentration from LeTourneau University and her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development from Taylor University where she wrote her thesis on the impact of study abroad programs on Latinx students. With seven years total in higher education, which includes four years as a Resident Director at Westmont College, Melissa has been able to integrate into her work her passions of inclusion, diversity, and advocacy. Melissa calls Santa Barbara home and is currently expanding her experience on leadership development and community engagement within the city.