Melissa and Joe co-founded The Shooting Star Foundation in 2016 after their third child, Stella, was diagnosed with a unique chromosomal condition. Their family was suddenly thrust into the world of special needs therapies, and they saw many families going through difficult situations and wanted to help.
Melissa and Joe have three children, and Melissa is currently a full-time mom taking care of their family and their daughter’s busy, but fun, daily therapy schedule. Melissa previously worked as a Registered Nurse in the PICU at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, and then as a triage nurse and Head Nurse at Fairview Uptown Clinic.
Their family attends Westwood Community Church. They enjoy watching their boys participate in hockey and lacrosse, and watching Stella’s favorite day of the week which is her dancing class.
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