Liberal religious values have always been important to Melissa and she is a life-long Unitarian Universalist. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion. Creative arts are great source of joy for Melissa and for a time she worked as a design assistant at a local graphic design agency, and she has also been active in her kids’ schools and in the community as a volunteer. Prior to her current ministry position, Melissa served as a hospital chaplain resident, as a contracting chaplain at three local hospitals, and as a parish ministerial intern at the UU congregation in Walnut Creek.
Serving as Chaplain for Inpatient Palliative Care at the Kaiser Permanente Foundation Hospital in Redwood City, Melissa’s ministry is outside the church walls helping patients and their loved ones to discover and use their spiritual and religious resources in the service of their healing. She endeavors to nurture and sustain collegial relationships with hospital staff as well, seeing herself as a representative of our UU values and integrity in the wider world.
An early riser, Melissa gets great joy quietly reading in the early hours, enjoys trail running and almost always has a pair of socks taking shape on her knitting needles. She and her spouse Elliott met when they were both students living in the vegetarian coop house at UC Berkeley and have raised two adult daughters, Clare and Alexia.