Melissa graduated first in her class with honors from Shorter College with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She is licensed in Tennessee as a Certified Public Accountant. She has had over 10 years of experience in public accounting and specializes in audit and other attestation engagements. She also possesses experience related to taxes of individuals and closely held businesses. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a member of Ringgold First Baptist Church and is currently serving on the church's finance committee.
- Shorter College, Bachelor of Science in Accounting