Whether in the corporate world or as a math teacher, Melissa Weiksnar has always taken an interest in mentoring young talent and graciously partners as an advisor. She has worked (and hired) in diverse workplaces, including a Houston-based oil company, a hi-tech startup she co-founded near Boston, the Fortune 500 company that acquired the startup (including a two-year stint in London), several types of high schools, and her publishing company Amelibro Press LLC. Years later she stays in contact with many of those she hired or taught. Most recently she has focused on writing, speaking, and advocacy work, and has assisted numerous fledgling companies with business development. She has also published two books, It’s Not Gunna Be an Addiction: The Adolescent Journals of Amelia F. W. Caruso (1989 – 2009)  and Heroin’s Puppet -Amy (and her disease) .
Melissa attended Wellesley College, and earned degrees from MIT (SB), Harvard (MBA), and University of Houston (MS). Melissa recently repatriated to her native Buffalo NY with her 2 rescue dogs and 3 cats where she is enjoying the arts and food scene, the bicycle Slow Roll, family, and friends.