From Texas with Caribbean heritage, Melissa received a B.A. in Art History and Languages (Spanish and French) from SMU, an MA in International Studies from The Graduate Institute, Geneva, and a PhD in Education from The University of Edinburgh. Education, cultures, and the arts have always been at the heart of Melissa’s professional and academic life. She has, for example, worked at UNESCO in Geneva and Paris as well as with international students in Edinburgh. Currently, Melissa operates a global education company, called Valued Educational Services, and writes YA and middle grade fiction and poetry, under the pen name, L. Samuels. She is happy to have joined the Board in June 2019 and plans to use her skills in intercultural engagement, proposal writing, and educational administration and policy planning to promote the mission of Alliance Française de Dallas.