Melis has lived and worked in Alaska for 20 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 Pro 1 avalanche 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 nonprofits, 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.