Melissa Thurstone joined the YC staff in 2008 as Community Development Manager after volunteering on the Special Event committee for two years. She is responsible for all fundraising Special Events, their planning and execution. Melissa also works with local businesses and community organizations promoting the YC mission and support opportunities.
Prior to joining YC, Melissa had a 30 year Retail career with the May Department Store/Macy’s Co. She held positions as Buyer and General Manager, most recently at the Great Northern location.
Melissa was a member of Phi Mu sorority and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin Wallace University in Business and Psychology in 1981. She graduated from Berea High School in 1977. She has two sons and resides in Westlake.