Melissa Vine has 14 years of experience in business operations, with Sunrise Bakery (opened November 2017 in Grinnell, Iowa) as her first startup company and Vine Chromatic, LLC (a live music booking agency opened in May 2018) as her second. She also works as a mental health counselor, with an emphasis in trauma recovery and overcoming shame. She has enjoyed bringing her mental health perspective to the field of business, both as she faces the fears and risks of a startup and as she works to build a cohesive, positive team environment for her staff. She received a bachelor’s in Communication Studies from Iowa State University in 2002 and graduated summa cum laud with a master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2016. She lives in Grinnell with her four sons and sits on the SHE Counts Advisory Board, empowering girls and women in Poweshiek County.