Skydiver | Author | Speaker | Yogi



Through skydiving, Melissa’s leadership skills helped her organize several well-known events such as the USPA National Skydiving Championships, International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame, Sponsorship Liaison to the World Meet, and several boogies.

  • Over 11,000 Skydives
  • 23 World Records (2003 – 2018)
  • US Nationals Medals in Freestyle, Freefly & 10-Way
  • USPA D-License, Instructor & Pro Ratings
  • 2011 Stephan Banic Award
  • Co-Creator of Vertical Formation Skydiving
  • Lead Organizer for Events Nationwide
  • Organized Events Around The Globe


experienced emcee, keynote & inspirational speaker
  • 2015 – 2016 Emcee USPA Nationals Awards Banquets
  • 2016 – International Hall of Fame Ceremony Introduction Speech
  • 2015 – Present Toastmaster Member, Advanced Communicator Bronze
  • 2017 Parachute Industry Association [PIA] Speaker
  • 2018 Australian Parachute Federation Speaker
  • 2018 Australian Parachute Federation Speaker
  • 2019 Parachute Industry Association [PIA] Speaker
  • 2018 Montrose Chamber of Commerce Speaker for Workshops
  • 2019 Montrose Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala Emcee
  • 2018 & 2019 Montrose Entrepreneur Meetup Speaker
  • 2019 Engage Business Competition Storyteller Speaker
  • 2019 Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery Collaboration Speaker
  • 2019 TEDx Grand Junction Speaker
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The Sugar Alpha Chronicles are a series of books based on the life of the late skydiving pioneer and Melissa’s father, Roger Nelson. Originally written by Roger, the series were not published until years after his death when Melissa picked up the dusty manuscript and turned them into books. A decade’s worth of research and finding out truths of her past the series came to fruition.

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