PNH Foundation & AAMDSIF
New York Women's Foundation
Since the 2009 diagnosis of Melissa's older brother, Alani, with rare bone marrow failure disease,
Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH),
charities nearest to Melissa's heart are
the PNH Foundation & Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation (AA&MDSIF).
Alani & Melissa organized the Greater Boston, NYC and National Virtual AA&MDSIF Community Connections Support Groups from 2012-2020 & support PNH patients & caregivers globally today.
Since 2010 Melissa has been on
the steering committees of the
NY Women's Foundation (NYWF)
Annual Celebrating Women Breakfast,
Circle of Sisters for Social Change and
Annual Neighborhood Dinner.
Since 2010, Melissa, a longtime shredder, supports and organizes in action sports youth mentoring and development org, STOKED, as a super-STOKED volunteer and supporter.
From 2009-2011 Melissa was a Board Director, and Chair of the Communications Committee, and Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee and continues to support this great charity today.