Originally from Eastern Ohio, Melissa moved to Newport in 2000 following her marriage. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Ohio State University and works as a freelance writer and communications consultant.
Melissa has two sons at Newport Intermediate School, where she is a member of the PTO and volunteers as a reading tutor. Ms Sheffel previously served as PTO President for Newport Primary and Mildred Dean Elementary as well as a member of the Site-Based Council at Mildred Dean Elementary and on the 2009 District Planning Committee. She also previously served as Secretary for the Clifton Neighborhood Group and the Newport Citizen's Advisory Council, and as a member of the Newport Recreation Commission.
Melissa is a 2009 graduate of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership and strongly believes parent involvement plays a major factor in the success or failure of Newport's schools. She encourages every parent to 'up' their involvement just one extra notch and watch the tide begin to turn.