Melissa Roberts joined Franklin College's Office of Development in 2022. Her focus is to manage annual and major gift fundraising efforts that support Performing Arts at UGA, including Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Theatre and Film Studies and Department of Dance. She also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in UGA's Dance Department. Previously, she managed development efforts for the UGA Performing Arts Center and was the Executive Director of a nonprofit aerial dance center, Canopy Studio. At Canopy, she focused on fundraising, grant efforts, and teaching curriculum while also interfacing with the Board of Directors to advance the nonprofit's mission. Prior to that role, Melissa led a large grant initiative in UGA's College of Environment and Design’s Center for Community Design. Melissa received her Bachelor's Degree in History and Political Science from Furman University in 1999 and a Master’s from University of Georgia in Historic Preservation in 2001. On a personal level, she enjoys teaching and performing all things aerial dance, trail running, and spending time with her young sons.