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Melissa currently lives in North Hollywood with her husband and two toddler-age kids. Melissa was born and raised in Burbank and is proud to call the Valley her home. Melissa’s passion is fundraising for nonprofit organizations and ran her successful consulting business Grant Harvest for many years. Throughout her career, Melissa has raised more than $2.7 million for grassroots and community organizations including Burbank’s own Alicia Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Melissa recently joined PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) as the new Director of Grants and will lead the organization in housing 10,000 people by 2020. Melissa received her Bachelors of Art from Loyola Marymount University and her Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the California State University Northridge. In her spare time Melissa loves taking her kids to a new park each week and looking for free activities that the entire family can participate in. Connect with Melissa on Twitter.
Joanna Peresie is a sometimes writer, and full time lover of coffee and Snickers bars. A Muncie, Indiana native, Joanna moved to Burbank 15 years ago, and is happy to call this community home. She has two amazing children, a dog, a cat, six ill-behaved chickens, and a wonderful husband. She nannies three adorable little ones, works with Hollywood Guitar Lessons to provide after school enrichment programs to elementary school students, and holds several PTA board positions at Jordan Middle School. (Go Cougars!) When she is not volunteering at fundraisers or doling out last minute book report assistance, she can be found writing truthful assessments of her life as a mother and caregiver for the amusement and mockery of her family and friends. Find her on Facebook at Joanna Peresie, or Twitter and Instagram @joperesie.
Highlighting edgy, foreign and indie-minded films that may have been missed by passengers/audiences the first time around, Romero also writes a weekly Inflight Entertainment Film Review column for the Kirby Media Group's award-winning Runway Girl Network, where he has been a Contributing Editor since March of 2014.
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Erin Viera has spent the past 12 years working in the nonprofit sector. She currently runs a global youth leadership program in the United States where she has traveled the world collaborating with others in order to empower young people to make the world a better place. She fell in love with Burbank 8 years ago when she moved here with her husband and since then, her family has multiplied to include two young children, a beautiful pup and seven hens.
Erin recently launched a new blog, www.bikebikebaby.com, which chronicles her ongoing journey to drive less and bike more in Burbank. The experience has been transformative for her family and friendships. In fact, she is now a part of a Burbank mama bicycle gang! You can read about her adventures at www.bikebikebaby.com as well as connect on Instagram and Facebook.