Melis has lived and worked in Alaska for 17 years enjoying a career on snow and glaciers as a climbing ranger for Denali National Park, senior guide for the Alaska Mountaineering School and a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School. She has completed Avalanche Level 2 training, and has skied/climbed on 7 continents including two seasons as a field guide for Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions. A dedicated educator, Melis has spent over a decade certifying students in emergency medicine as a wilderness medicine instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Institute and as a climbing instructor navigating avalanche terrain. On the board of two non-profits, Denali Rescue Volunteers and the Ritt Kellogg Memorial Fund, Melis shares her deep dedication to safety in the outdoors with a broad audience. She looks forward to helping AAS continue to be a leader in avalanche education.