CLINTON — While Melissa Burken Mommsen has served on the boards of several non-profit organization; her favorite is the Gateway Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.
“We’re not just sitting at a monthly meeting,” Melissa said. “I take a lot of pride in serving on the board.”
Melissa grew up on a farm just outside of Clinton and graduated from the Northeast School District. After marrying her husband, Matt, almost 10 years ago, she moved to another farm, just six miles from her childhood home.
After high school, she received her bachelor’s degree at St. Ambrose and a law degree from Northern Illinois University. She has been working as an attorney for the past 10 years.
“I just always knew that’s what I wanted to do,” Melissa said. “I kind of figured that out when I was a freshman in high school and just stuck with it.”
She currently has an office in Preston.
Melissa first became involved with the Red Cross a little more than five years ago when a colleague asked her to join. She was surprised to learn all of the services the organization provides and how hands on the board members are. She has served as secretary and is currently the vice chairwoman of the board.
“It’s just an amazing group of people,’ Melissa said.
As part of the board, Melissa has helped organize many of the Red Cross’ fundraisers, such as the annual Run for the Red in the fall. An avid runner, she actually helped put on the race and ran in it on the same day. The board is currently working on its annual luau, planned for April 11 at Rastrelli’s.
Melissa also enjoys working with outreach. She interacts with other area organizations, telling them what services the Red Cross can provide to them.
“It’s just a great way to stay connected within the community,” Melissa said.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family. She has two sons, Carter, 7, and Avery, 4.