An alumni of the University of Utah, having studied pre-med biology with an emphasis in exercise and sport science, and holding a two- year post-graduate certificate in non-profit management from Arizona State University, Melissa is the President of Active Kids Global and the Vice President of Water Smart Babies. Ms. Sutton has also owned her own consulting and event planning business for nearly 20 years.
Melissa has been involved in aquatics and child development nearly her entire life. She learned to swim at an early age and continues her love for the water while educating those around her on how to be safer in and around water. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, along with being an aquatic expert for Maricopa County’s Child Fatality Review Team. Melissa’s other community involvement has included serving as a volunteer for the Arizona chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an officer in the East Valley Rotary Club, a mentor for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation’s Team-In-Training program, and as an advisor for several Valley non-profit organizations through Arizona State University’s Lodestar School of Non-Profit Management.
Ms. Sutton just completed her first Ironman. She also enjoys scuba diving, skiing, training for marathons and other triathlons while raising funds for causes close to her heart. Melissa and her husband, Dr. Peter Sutton have two sons, and currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona