"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." -John Wooden

John Wooden, one of the greatest basketball coaches in history, did so much more than coach basketball.  He was a life coach.  He instilled character and responsibility in those he worked with and shared his timeless ideas through several books that have served as guides to Melanie as she travels through life.  Always aspiring to be better, Melanie is inspired by Wooden's books and her own experience as a coach. Having served as a teacher, a traveling basketball coach and a volunteer basketball coach with Special Olympics she has a wealth of knowledge but understands that more often than not, those you are trying to teach will end up teaching you far more.  Her interactions with some of the most special athletes in the world have afforded her a unique perspective and outlook on life.  

The motto of working hard to play hard could not be more fitting for Melanie.  Striving for excellence in everything she attempts, she will work tirelessly on projects and utilize resources to expand her understanding of the task at hand.  Her and her husband work hard to live, but do not live to work.  They enjoy success and the simple luxuries it brings - the luxury of being able to enjoy time with family and friends and volunteer in their community.  Melanie has an understanding that life is about the relationships you keep and the memories you make. 

Having grown up in the Lake Minnetonka area, Melanie is happy to return to her hometown of Excelsior to start a new chapter with her husband.  With both of their families nearby, they are able to enjoy barbecues, lake time and golf outings with those they hold dear.  Taking a step back from teaching to pursue her own design career, Melanie appreciates having such a supportive husband and family and is excited to see what the future holds. 


*Photography Credits: Top and middle by Dan Oksnevad Photography.  Bottom by Brian Winters.