Membership Sales Associate
What is your favorite season at the Arboretum and why?
All seasons at the Arboretum have something special and unique to offer, but Melissa especially likes summer. She enjoys being outdoors walking, biking, and taking advantage of the many events the Arboretum has to offer. The beautiful landscape of the Arboretum makes attending events such as the Wine and Art Walk and summer concerts even more exceptional and she looks forward to these activities every year.
What is the best part of your job?
The people are what Melissa identifies as the best part of her job, both those with whom she works as well as members and guests. Her colleagues in Membership are very enthusiastic about the Arboretum, and she is impressed with the depth of knowledge they possess. On the other side of the desk, Melissa enjoys sharing the benefits of membership with others and then hearing members share stories about their experiences with the Arboretum, some of which may span three generations.
Do you have a favorite location on the grounds or a favorite tree?
Before she starts work, Melissa will often walk along Meadow Lake to get to the Visitor Center, which is a nice start to her day. She also enjoys a walk through the Grand Garden or a visit to the Children’s Garden, where she has many fond memories of bringing her daughter when she was young.
What do you want guests to know about The Morton Arboretum and its mission?
Melissa has been coming to the Arboretum for 20 years. As an employee she has learned more about the worldwide reach the Arboretum has in protecting endangered species, teaching, and collaborating with other organizations outside of the Chicago area.
When thinking of the Arboretum’s Employee Core Values, which one resonates with you and why?
As a new employee, Melissa has been a witness of the Employee Core Value to Work Together. She is appreciative of how everyone collaborates and helps out one another—not just within her own sales team, but all Arboretum employees’ willingness to help and support each other.
What’s an insider tip that you’d like to share with guests?
Melissa encourages guests to take advantage of all the Arboretum has to offer. Guests can take a hike, bring a dog on dog days, or take a class. With so many opportunities, there is something for everyone.
Share an interesting fun fact about you:
Melissa likes to be active and enjoys pickleball and Pilates. In addition, she is always planning and researching her next travel destination. A few of the places Melissa has been to include Paris, London, Quebec City, and St. Petersburg, Russia. She is currently planning a trip to Spain in the summer of 2024, where her travels will kick off with a Taylor Swift concert in Madrid, followed by a visit to Lisbon.