Melissa is the instructor and creative director behind both Silhouette U and Silhouette School blog.
Melissa launched Silhouette School in January 2014 and it quickly became the go-to place for Silhouette users around the world to find written instruction, inspiration and help in learning to use their Silhouette cutting machines! Today almost 1,000,000 people a month visit Silhouette School blog in search of Silhouette CAMEO tutorials, project inspiration and troubleshooting tips and tricks.
In addition, Melissa has self-published 13 books as part of the Ultimate Silhouette Guide series, has spoken at both Silhouette and blogging conferences across the country, and has gained a social media following of more than 200k on Silhouette School's very active social media channels of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.
In June 2016 Melissa's husband Bob joined her full time and in October 2016 they launched Silhouette U - Silhouette School's paid membership extension site for Silhouette users looking for higher learning!
Bob handles a lot of things behind the scenes from marketing, to website designs and development to the company finances.
Bob graduated Penn State University (WE ARE!) in 2003 with a journalism degree and spent 3 years as a TV Sports Reporter covering everything from high school football to Penn State athletics. In 2006 he joined Astrazeneca and spent 10 years there with experience in sales, sales training, and marketing. Bob was a key member of the marketing team for a multi-billion dollar product and contributed to the marketing strategy and resource development of that brand.
In June 2016, Bob left Astrazeneca to work with Melissa full time on Silhouette School and Silhouette U - Silhouette School's paid membership extension site for Silhouette users looking for higher learning!
He currently lives in California with Melissa and their 2 children. When he's not working, he enjoys being active with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and CrossFit.
Ashlee is the Virtual Assistant at Silhouette School. She takes care of anything from answering emails and Facebook messages and posts to scheduling Facebook and Pinterest posts - and whatever other hats Melissa and Bob need her to wear!
She got her first Silhouette in 2013 thanks to a move across the country that would allow her to start her own business and start working for herself. Before working for Silhouette School, Ashlee was a follower and fan and referenced many of the tutorials on the blog for her own projects. In 2015, Melissa approached Ashlee about needing an assistant. It was a no brainer!
Prior to Silhouette life, Ashlee worked in the Education field working in Admissions, Public Relations and Alumnae Affairs. She graduated in 2005 from Cabrini University in Radnor, PA with a degree in English and Communications with a specialization in Public Relations and Event Planning.
Ashlee has since moved back to her hometown of New Orleans, LA with her husband Aaron and dog Nola. She also owns Mint Julep Creations - and in her free time she is always traveling and going to concerts and festivals.