Words from her colleagues
Melissa is a planning expert, detail-oriented and focused. She’s able to tackle any project, large or small. But Melissa is also a mother. And, when you see her at events you see that side come out, as she cares for those who attend. She really shined last night at the painting event as she circulated the room and assured that everyone had everything they needed and was comfortable. Not only that, but she always had kind words and encouraged the students that were participating in the craft. Finally, she is never afraid to help out, and is always good for advice or to lend a hand.
Melissa is someone who will help anyone out. She thrives with student events because she loves hosting events the students can enjoy. She works hard for everyone, and the students appreciate her for it. Student activities thrive because she puts so much into it making sure everyone feels connected and comfortable.
Since starting at PTC, one of the things I recognized early was the expression of kindness from employees. However, some do far more than we see and are often unsung heroes. I realize we all have specific jobs to do, but for me, there is nothing more gratifying than to see or hear about someone who, without hesitation, goes above and beyond to help someone else. A lot of things we do are “invisible work.” We all know it gets done but do not realize who is doing it. Melissa is an exceptional human being! It does not matter what it is; she is always willing to extend a hand to ensure we all succeed.
Over the past few months, Melissa has continued to exemplify characteristics and attributes that remind me that kindness still exists in a world of chaos. She is one of the very best parts of PTC, not just because of what she does, but because of the grace, humility, dedication, and passion that exudes not just from her smile but also in the way she takes such care and pride when it comes to creating access and inclusion for our students. Melissa does not focus on “what’s in it for me,” but on how she can bring joy and happiness to the people she connects with daily. She treats everyone respectfully and is never too busy to lend a helping hand. Students adore her, and so do I.
“She is really nice and throws great events!”
“She is always smiling.”
“Ms. Gnoth is kind and looks out for us.”
Melissa, thank you for demonstrating the values of the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. Congratulations on being a Diversity Champion!!