Melissa joined the Lake Area Tech staff as a Business Partner Specialist in December 2020. She is a 2009 graduate of SDSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Most recently, Melissa was the executive director at Webster Area Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the economic growth and vitality of Webster and Day County, South Dakota. Prior roles include marketing, development and communications at Volunteers of America, Dakotas in Sioux Falls. She is also a proud alum of AmeriCorps VISTA. Melissa is originally from the Twin Cities in Minnesota and, while she loves making trips to visit family, she can’t wait to get back to the farm. She and her husband, Darin, have grown a hobby garden into Waldner Farms, providing fresh fruit and vegetables to the surrounding area. They live just outside Webster, SD, with their two kids and dog.
Business Partner Specialist