Melissa Koch Merriam, EE
HOMETOWN: Emporia, KS
STRENGTHS: Includer, Achiever, Positivity, Competition, Activator
My life’s work can be summarized as giving back. I am motivated to mentor and raise my kids, leave Alpha Sigma Alpha better than it started when I became national president and make a difference fundraising for a nonprofit organization. I want to make an impact on my world which will in turn impact the entire world.
Melissa Koch Merriam is a graduate of Emporia State University, KS, holding a bachelor’s degree in business management. She served her chapter as a standards board member, risk management chairman, vice president of programming & ritual and president. She was honored by her collegiate chapter as Alpha woman, outstanding senior, a Frost Fidelity Award nominee, Panhellenic outstanding new member and Panhellenic community service award. She was involved in many campus organizations, including Order of Omega, GAMMA (Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol) and Rho Lambda.
She served the Greater Kansas City, MO, Alumnae Chapter as president, Panhellenic delegate and webmaster. As Panhellenic delegate, she served as grants and loans chairman and program chairman. She also was a founder and first president of the Fountain City, KS, Alumnae Chapter.
Melissa served the national organization as a leadership consultant 2000-01, Zeta Mu Chapter membership advisor 2001-03, District 9 recruitment coaching team leader 2002-03, District 9 facilitator 2003-05, volunteer recruitment and placement team leader 2005-07, vice president of membership 2007-10 & 2012-14, vice president of operations 2010-12 and currently serves as the national president. She served as a facilitator at seven Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institutes, presented workshops at national conventions and District Day events, participated in extension presentations and served on twelve installation teams. Melissa was honored with the Agape Award at the 2006 National Convention & Leadership Conference.
Professionally, Melissa works as a development coordinator for Infant Loss Resources. She lives in Overland Park, KS, with her husband, Andy, and her three children.