Melissa Edmiston, M.P.H., Program Systems Analyst

Melissa supports the mission of American Leprosy Missions by developing systems to optimize program reporting and data management, collaborating across the team to ensure effective information exchange and organizational learning.

Prior to joining American Leprosy Missions, Melissa worked with various global health and economic development projects in west and east Africa, supporting monitoring and evaluation methods and systems development to show impact and inform program improvement. Melissa served as a program manager during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, helping to strengthen community prevention measures. She later worked as a research fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build countries’ local capacity to prevent and respond to public health outbreaks. Passionate about capacity building and effective collaboration, Melissa uses data creatively to tell stories, especially in complex environments.

Melissa completed her B.S. in Nutrition and Master of Public Health at the University of Tennessee. She is also currently completing a master’s in applied analytics at St. Louis University. Melissa enjoys visiting national parks and spending time outside hiking and biking with her husband, Caleb, and dog, Beau.