Melissa is a designer at the AJC where she works on Sunday A1 and special projects. In May 2009, she helped launch AJC 2.0, a redesign and reorganization effort led by former SND president Lucie Lacava.
Before moving to Atlanta, Melissa was a senior designer at the the Orlando Sentinel where she led the visual storytelling on A1 and special projects. In 2006, she spearheaded the paper’s effort to revamp its Monday metro section into a weekly visual report called Local In-Depth, which won multiple SND awards and an Employee of the Year distinction. Prior to joining the Sentinel, Melissa worked as a designer and copy editor at The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She graduated from Wichita State University in her home state of Kansas in 2002.
“Melissa has proven herself to be an energetic, dedicated leader,” said SND president, Kris Viesselman. “We are grateful and excited that she will be taking on an expanded role.”
She’s been an active member of SND for several years, helping to organize the 2006 annual workshop in Orlando, speaking on Local In-Depth, teamwork and redesigns, and enduring the cold in Syracuse as a competition facilitator and judge. Melissa has been representing the South on SND’s board as Region 3 director since 2007 and has served on the executive committee since 2009.
“Melissa epitomizes the spirit of what continues to make SND a great organization — she’s given her time and energy for years to help others and to promote the craft,” said vice president Steve Dorsey. “I’m excited to continue working with her in this new role.”
Angle replaces the Tribune’s Chris Courtney who helped set up numerous new media training sessions and meetups this year as the Education and Training Director. Courtney, who remains an active member of the Society, has cut his term short due to unexpected obligations outside the Society.