In 2012, Melissa and her husband, Mike Boyd, launched The Permit Coach. The Permit Coach helped minimize stress to parents and teens while assisting teens in achieving their required practice hours mandated by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. In 2017, after hundreds of successful coaching sessions, The Permit Coach was temporarily closed.
Prior to launching Sage, Melissa was the President of Gateway for Cancer Research, a multi-million dollar not-for profit. At Gateway, Melissa led the successful development and implementation of a strategic plan that achieved 25% revenue growth year-over-year. This success came on the heels of launching Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois' inaugural major gifts program and capital campaign that resulted in raising over $2.5M in less than 16 months. Prior to Melissa's nonprofit positions, she was a Human Resources Executive responsible for nationwide HR programs and practices in such Fortune 500 companies as Exelon Services and Comdisco, Inc.
Melissa earned her Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Bryant University and has completed Harvard Business School Executive Education programs in finance, leadership, and management. She has served as Secretary, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois; President, LUNGevity Foundation; Director, COHO Swim Club; Director, Standing Tall Foundation; President, Caruso Middle School PTO; Advisory Board Member, SuperSibs; and Auxiliary Board Member, Highland Park Hospital. Today, Melissa continues her personal philanthropic endeavors and serves as President, Kenny's Kids Foundation and Director, Alexian Brothers Foundation.