Melissa Van Pelt joined YFC in January 2021 and is YFC’s Annual Giving and Stewardship Manager. In this role, she works on campaigns for individual giving and manages the annual YFC Gala. Melissa grew up in Indianapolis and earned a BS in Accounting from Indiana University.
Melissa also brings HR experience, specifically in Compensation, from positions at Grainger and Medline. Her non-profit experience stems from being one of five women to open and operate a non-profit all-ages art center in 2012 in her Chicago neighborhood of Edgebrook, where she keeps the books on a volunteer basis and is a Board member.
She and her husband have three kids in college: a son at the University of Missouri and a son and daughter at the University of Illinois. Melissa enjoys finding new food/drink spots and live music, going to Cubs games, and taking road trips to visit her kids at school.