Melody was born and raised in Northern IL where her family operates a vegetable farm that is currently owned and operated by the third generation.
In 1978, Melody married her husband Cliff, who is an operating partner of their family farm. Together they have 4 children, 3 in-law children and 7 grandbabies that are the loves of their lives.
While raising their family, Melody worked in direct sales and as a team manager of 35 for 17 years. In 2004, she decided to pursue a career change and graduated in 2006 from Madison College as an Ophthalmic Technician. She worked in the Madison area in Ophthalmology for 10 years and taught online classes for Madison College for 2 years.
Melody and Cliff began attending Lakeland in 2013. They knew the first Sunday they attended that this was where God wanted them to worship, serve and invest in community.
Melody loves walking, beach life, decorating, gardening and most of all, time with Cliff and their family.