In her role as the Project Manager for Strategic Partnerships and Advancement, Melissa will continue to use her educational background and grant fulfillment experience to develop and strengthen relationships with corporations, foundations, and individuals who want to support DI’s mission and vision. She will provide administrative and project support to ensure consistent execution of the systems and procedures in place to help create sustainable channels for consistency and growth.
In her previous role as Regional Eastern Territory Manager, Ms. Frey combined her knowledge of DI with her background and experience in education to further brand recognition and help bring DI’s educational experience to children in the Eastern and Southern Regions of the United States. While in this role, Melissa helped execute grants to with companies such as Ford STEAM Experience, Tennessee Valley Authority and Motorola Solutions in order to stimulate team growth and bring DI’s Educational Experience to new markets and demographics.
Melissa Frey has been an educator since 1993. She started her career as a middle school language arts and social studies teacher, working with sixth and seventh-grade students in both Long Island and Brooklyn, New York for eight years. Frey has a New York State Permanent Certification in Elementary Education Grades N-9, English 7-12, and Reading K-12.
Frey has been actively involved with Destination Imagination (DI) since 2010 as both a Team Manager and Challenge Appraiser, attending numerous DI events as a volunteer, including Global Finals. Her family has also been involved with DI for many years, with both her son and daughter participating on teams and her husband serving as Team Manager through the DI New York Affiliate.
Prior to joining the DI organization, Frey worked for more than ten years as a Jewish educator and most recently as the Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown, New York.
Frey earned a Master’s degree in Reading Education from Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education N-6, with a concentration in English N-9, from the State University of New York at Oswego. In 2016, she added a Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults.