Melissa came to WordSouth in 2015 after an award-winning tenure as the Chief Photographer for the Times-Journal in Alabama. Hiking, traveling, cooking and going to concerts are some of her favorite activities. An admitted choir nerd, she has extensive voice and piano training, but loves (trying) to learn new instruments. She has never met a pizza she didn’t like, considers herself to be a candle conisseur and yes, she would love to talk about ghost stories with you. She is a big fan of Michael Bolton and her Pomeranians, Copper and Rosalie, are the loves of her life. She is also married to fellow WordSoutherner, Will Gaines.