MelissaRoshan. One word, no space.

As unique as her name, (also affectionately known as MelRo) is an uncommon talent who has modeled internationally for over 20 years. Her work has been seen on more than five magazine covers, billboards, print ads, national commercials, and runways. She has acted in several indie films, and represented General Motors as a national auto show narrator. But what this respected talent is most proud of, is owning the title of SurTHRIVER, and that she refused to become like those she experienced harm from.

From the days of her tumultuous childhood spent in the foster care system, MelRo knew she was meant for more than the abuse she faced sometimes on a daily basis.

She aged-out of care, and became a teen parent. Her, and son lived in a teen-parenting homeless shelter for 2 years. It was there that she began to intentionally craft her path to success. Vowing to overcome, she not only later embarked on her own journey toward healing, but also became committed to encouraging others to rise from their painful pasts.

Today she continues to flow in her creative talent, but has been a fierce advocate for children who’ve lived through trauma, and are now in foster care. She is an ambassador for Children’s Rights -a federal agency that uses the law to protect abused, and neglected children. She is involved with several international campaigns that benefit youth in foster care, and she works tirelessly as a full-time advocate for said youth. From teaching workshops on Trauma Informed Care, Trauma Informed Parenting and Adverse Childhood Experiences, she is a national Diversity Equity Inclusion trainer, and a Behavioral Health/Life Coach for youth, and adults.

MelRo has keynoted at schools, national child welfare conferences, youth summits, women’s prisons, juvenile detention centers, faith based organizations, and more her “voice” has been seen on/in TED Talks, T.D. Jakes Show,, The OWN Network, CNN, NBC, Cosmo Girl, The Today Show, Hollywood TV, and more. MelRo is a proud mother of a college graduate son, a vibrant daughter who has published two self-help books, and she is the founder/director of MelRo’s Foundation which built a school/orphanage in the central region of Ghana.

MelRo’s firm belief, is that through the power of choice, one can flip their past painful experiences to purpose. Wounds to wisdom, and Traumas to Triumph. She also believes that the very events that once broke you, can lead to your breakthrough when you engage in the work to heal yourself.