Melissa recently returned to Northwest Arkansas after living in Sheboygan, WI the past few years, due to her husband’s job with Sargento Foods. Vince and Melissa just celebrated their 10th Wedding Anniversary. They also have one sweet furry member of their family named Pepper-Jack Juneau. One of the activities she enjoys the most is hosting international exchange students. The Juneau family has hosted 5 female students from the countries of Germany, Italy, Spain, and Ukraine. In her spare time, when she isn’t volunteering, caregiving for her mom, teaching, or running around her host kids, she enjoys reading, trout fishing, camping, and canoeing.
Overcoming challenges, with a positive attitude, has given Melissa the belief that anything is possible. She considers herself a self-driven individual, a team player that enjoys thinking outside the box. As an undergrad student at the University of Arkansas, she received numerous competitive scholarships and awards: Gordon McNeil Award for European History, Department of History Certificate of Excellence Award, Goecke and Kennedy Memorial Travel Award, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Global Association of Teachers of Economics, Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Minority Teachers Scholars Program, Chancellors List, Deans List, and a Teach for America Recipient. Upon receiving her undergraduate degree in History, she was offered a position by Teach for America, a feat to which over 50,000 applicants apply for yearly, but only around 8,000 receive a job offer. The same year, she was also awarded a scholarship which paid for her Master’s program through the University of Arkansas; She was 1 of 9 students chosen to receive the John H. and Jane W. Donaldson Endowed Memorial Scholarship Award. In her profession as an educator, she has worked in various school districts throughout NWA and Wisconsin and has always been considered one of the leading academic facilitators. She is currently a Social Science Instructor for Arkansas Governor’s School which facilitates rising seniors, who are considered gifted and talented, from high schools all over the state of Arkansas. Melissa has earned a lot of accomplishments, but what she is most proud of is being a good friend, listener, and available to others who need a helping hand. Melissa tries to make a positive impact in the world and this is why she is passionate about the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas.
As an active member in JL Milwaukee, Melissa served on the Done in a Day, Kids in the Kitchen, and Hearts and Hops Committee giving her cross categorial league experience while executing a variety of projects throughout the Milwaukee community that focused on education, health, and nutrition for women and children. Upon returning to the JLNWA, she diligently jumped into serving as the Fund Development Chair where she helped develop two informational league candy bars with Kyya Chocolate to help raise awareness about domestic violence. Melissa is now serving as the JLNWA Development Manager, where she diligently works with the development committees (Fund Development, Purple for a Purpose, Winter Dreams, Moonlight Masquerade, & Touch a Truck) to help coordinate successful fundraising events while promoting our league’s mission and domestic violence platform. Melissa was recently awarded the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas SuperLeaguer Award and the Community Star Award for her tireless efforts through volunteerism.
Melissa has made it her mission to help others through volunteerism. As an avid volunteer, before relocating to WI, Melissa volunteered for the Circle of Life Hospice. While living in Wisconsin, she volunteered countless hours working at the St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. Upon moving back to NWA, Melissa has volunteered over 100hrs outside of the league delivering meals to senior citizens through the Meals on Wheels program. She also participates in many fundraisers around the community to help support other organizations that continue to make a positive difference in our community.
Melissa is passionate about leading by example. She wants to continue to serve within in the league to continue to empower women by helping them gain the training, support, and resources they need to develop their full leadership potential while enriching the lives of other people.