Get To Know Melissa

Skydiver | Author | Speaker

Melissa is a born entrepreneur. As a child, Melissa insisted on playing ‘business’ and would set up makeshift stores from restaurants with hand-drawn menus, to plastic stapled to paper with crayon-colored MasterCard logos. Melissa’s wealth of experience came from skydiving. Her father was a pioneering skydiver and businessman and unbeknownst to her, she followed in his footsteps.
Melissa kept the entrepreneurship fire burning by continuing to branch off into other industries and hobbies. She’s also a Private Pilot, P2 Paraglider Pilot, earned her Advanced Communicator Bronze in Toastmasters, authored and published 3 books, became a keynote speaker, is an former business owner, and most importantly – is a wife and a mother.


Through skydiving, Melissa discovered her leadership skills and is a skydiving entrepreneurial pioneer. Melissa has organized, hosted, created several well-known events including: 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 Nation & Event Organizer World Wide
  • TEDx Speaker
  • 3x Published Author

Core Values

Melissa is committed to providing quality in all aspects of her business, self and relationships.


Holding strong moral principles for my business, myself, my family, and others on the journey of working with others.


Establishing clear boundaries to make a stand in my personal business to pursue great things while making bold moves and leading a brave life.


To have open ears and heart to continue to be willing to be a student, knowing when to lead, and to always act in good judgement.


To continually seek ways through fellowship, networking, education, and/or leadership to keep the passion and spark of joy for what I do!

My Life Story

Melissa made her first tandem jump in 1982 at the age of 5, making her a third generation skydiver. She has over 11,000 jumps and is an AFF Instructor S&TA, Demo Jumper and World Record organizer. However, what makes Melissa stand out of the crowd is the she is 3-time National Champion in Freestyle, has a total of 23 World Records – and she is a mom to boot!

Melissa co-organized the successful 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010 & 2013 Women’s Vertical World Records (WVWR). She has also organized all over the United States including famous boogies such as, Skydive Chicago’s “Summerfest,” Skydive Carolina’s “Carolina Fest,” Skydive Elsinore’s “Chick’s Rock”, and Skydive Orange’s “Orange Boogie,” as well as organized events in Canada, Mexico, Australia and Italy.

Melissa is also the creator of 4-Way VFS competitive skydiving, was a co-owner of Skydive Chicago from 2003-2007 and has published 3 books known as the Sugar Alpha Chronicles. Melissa has also worked with Dropzone Marketing for the last three years as the Content Manager. Melissa also writes from time-to-time for many skydiving industry magazine articles including Parachutist, Blue Skies Magazine, and


Melissa’s father Roger Nelson was a pioneering skydiver and a controversial character who spent nearly five years in prison for his drug smuggling escapades. Roger had written his story from his memoirs during his indictments. The manuscript set on a desk for years after Roger was released from prison. In 2003, Roger had a skydiving accident which took his life. A year after his death, Melissa made it her mission to share her father’s legacy. Melissa had quite a task at hand as the entire manuscript had to be rewritten for the non-skydiver or for people who did not know him. After an arduous five years, the first book was published, and another five years later, the second was published.

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