Over the course of a 7+ year career in higher education, Melena has served in a variety of both student facing and externally facing roles, currently acting as the Director of Internships and Employer Relations at Eckerd College in St.Petersburg, Florida. Melena earned her BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. She served as Chair of the Educational Initiatives Sub-Committee for the SoACE Diversity and Inclusion Team and the Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Colleges of Central Florida Career Consortium. Melena has held multiple faculty positions teaching strategic career management, job search strategies and self-discovery courses. She has acted as a guest speaker on numerous occasions, including being interviewed by an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist on "Colorado State of Mind" regarding the employment outlook for new graduates. Melena has also provided presentations to FloridaACE, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, ACPA, the Hillsborough Association for Volunteer Administrators, the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the St.Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. Most notably, Melena has been recognized for her diversity and inclusion work in Career Services and was named SoACE's 2016 "Champion of Diversity" and won FloridaACE's top-rated conference presentation in 2016 for her work on inclusivity within the concept of professional dress.