Melissa Burgess joined the Nueva Esperanza board in 2022, but her involvement dates back to around 2010 when she and her family began supporting a child at the ministry. They have supported additional children and youth since then, as well as the exciting, new Youth Career and Training Center that is being planned. Melissa and her husband Eric, and their son Blake, live in Fort Mill, SC (a suburb of Charlotte, NC). She and her husband both work at an engineering firm doing bridge design. Melissa is very active in her church, Tega Cay Baptist Church; she has served there on the Missions Team and in the Children's Ministry for many years. Melissa has traveled to Honduras on numerous mission trips since 2013, and she looks forward to bringing a teams down to serve at Nueva Esperanza in the future. She is so thankful to see how God has been faithful to this ministry over the years; God has blessed the children and youth who attend Nueva Esperanza, as well as their families and the community around them.