Melissa has a long track record of success in the staffing industry. She joined TERRA in 2000 when the company had less than 20 employees and just two offices. During Melissa’s tenure the company expanded significantly.
In 2012, she relocated to Arizona and rejoined the company in 2015 to lead TERRA’s expansion into the Greater Phoenix Area.
Melissa has been a SHRM Member since 2006 and also served on the Board of Directors for Camp Fire Boys and Girls for nine years. She enjoys training and development and was selected to do a short series of recorded recruiting and sales calls that were implemented nationwide at a national staffing firm.
She has a creative side and expresses her artistic talent and love for color in painting, scrap-booking, paper crafts, knitting, and color-coordinating her nails and makeup to match her outfits daily.
Melissa and her husband live in the Phoenix area. She has three sons and a daughter, ranging from elementary school age to 20-something.
Tell me about your first job?
My first job was strawberry picking in La Conner, WA for about a month with my best friend. I was 12, the minimum age at the time for agriculture jobs. We rode a mud-caked, dilapidated bus, with holes in the floor so big you could see the road below your feet, from South Everett to La Conner. We spent every day that month, rain or shine, picking strawberries for $0.25 a flat. It was hard work, but the feeling of independence (and the cute boys!) made it well worth it. The money, however, was a different story. I made just over $30 for all of my efforts!
What other professions would you like to try?
Nail polish color creator and name-giver.
If you could possess any super power, what would it be?
The ability to bend time to my will…muahahaha.
What do you enjoy most about working in the staffing industry?
The challenge, the variety, the constant problem-solving, and thrill of making a difference for both my clients and my candidates.
Best career advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t worry so much. In five years, are you even going to remember this happened?