Melanie was born and raised in Solihull, England. Her background is in musical theater and dance, graduating from the prestigious ItaliaContiTheaterArtsSchool in London. She studied with the Royal Academy of Dance, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and is an Associate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. While performing on tour in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, Melanie met and married her husband Glenn, then a member of the US Army. They have two daughters; Rachel and Olivia.
Over their many years together as an Army family, Melanie developed an extensive and diverse background of volunteer leadership in school, military and church settings. A recipient of numerous awards and recognition for her years of dedicated service to the military and their families, Melanie is an enthusiastic volunteer with a love of children. She has been a volunteer in the Children’s Ministry program at Herndon UMC since she moved to the area with her family in the summer of 2003. Melanie officially joined the Herndon UMC staff in the fall of 2009. Melanie’s responsibilities include KIDS Club on Sunday mornings, the Nursery, Kid's Worship, the Children’s Christmas Pageant, Children’s Communion Classes, Scouting Religious Education classes, the ‘Hands Up For God’ and ‘Out of the Darkness’ Puppet Ministries, Vacation Bible School, Volunteer Appreciation, Trunk or Treat, the Easter Egg Roll, annual special events and overseeing the Upward Basketball program. With her passion for all things theater, Melanie especially delights in watching the children grow in their faith through the many performance opportunities offered here at Herndon UMC.