Melissa co-founded Transplant Families in August of 2017. After her youngest son received a heart transplant in 2009, Melissa found herself searching for a support that was devoted solely to pediatric transplant and that was accessible to all that needed it. When she didn’t find the resources she needed, she joined fellow parents to build the community they wished to have for their families by bringing together community groups. Melissa is very involved in the pediatric transplantation field serving as: Recipient Parent for OPTN/UNOS Data Advisory Committee, Pediatric Committee, and served on the subcommittee of the Patient Affairs Committee that authored "What Every Parent Needs to Know"; Parent Co-Lead for ACTION Network which is a Quality Improvement Collaborative for pediatric heart failure and transplant; Parent Advisor for Starz Network for Excellence in Pediatric Transplantation which is a Quality Improvement Collaborative for pediatric liver failure and transplant; on Donate Life steering committee that initiated National Pediatric Transplant Week; and Charter Chair of Heart Center Advisory Council and Alumni Council with Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She believes that parents can help positively influence policy and outcomes through participation and being a part of the extended family-centered care model. Melissa continues to support and empower families living with their child’s new gift of life and to work with the transplant teams to continue to improve outcomes for children, and ultimately end the waiting list for children.