PresenterPhotoMelanie Nelson currently serves as a Military Student Services Specialist at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) in the Office of Military Affairs. She began her professional career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.

Nelson holds a Master’s of Education in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education, as well as a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Adult Basic Education. An AmeriCorps alum, she has worked in the non-profit sector as a program manager and curriculum designer, including working to end chronic homelessness for veterans. In her current role at UNCW, she coordinates support services for military-affiliated students and facilitates Green Zone workshops for faculty and staff. She also teaches the Transfer Student Seminar course at UNCW. She was raised as a military brat and hails originally from Jacksonville, North Carolina.