Melanie McElroy lives in Georgia, where her love of nature and the outdoors began. As a young adult, there were many days hiking the south Appalachian Trail, creek walking, and camping within the woods of the Nantahala National Forest. Over the years, and with broader traveling horizons, her love of fishing grew. She and her family often travel to Florida for deep sea fishing and to Alaska for extended periods of time to fish the salmon runs in August.
In 2015 she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Parks & Recreation Management from Northern Arizona University, and in 2018, she received her Master’s Degree in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation from Clemson University.
She came to PHWFF from the Athens-Clarke County Georgia Leisure Services Department where she was the Development & Outreach Coordinator. In that role, she wrote and applied for a large variety of grants, as well as managing ADA compliance and inclusion for special events and programs.