Skydiver | Author | Speaker

National Director

 My mission is to continue being a bridge between the USPA Board and members as well as implement diversity, inclusion and equity in the sport, and help connect in order to help the sport grow and progress.


Melissa is inspirational, motivational, speaker as well as focuses on topics such as diversity, inclusion, and equity for conferences and events in person or virtually. Melissa is a skilled leader, speaker, presenter, and emcee with over a decade of experience.


Learn to skydive with Melissa Nelson, a third generation, professional skydiver with over 12,000 skydives and 26 world records, from your first solo skydive to an array of advanced skills via a virtual platform in conjunction with in person training!


Through skydiving I discovered a gift of leadership skills, marketing savvy, and my love for entrepreneurship. I’ve had the honor of hosting and supporting several well-known events such as the USPA National Skydiving Championships, International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame, Sponsorship Liaison to the World Meet, and several other events.

  • Over 12,000 Skydives
  • 26 World Records (2003 – 2022)
  • US Nationals Medals in Freestyle, Freefly & 10-Way
  • USPA D-License, Instructor & Pro Ratings
  • 2011 Stephan Banic Award
  • Co-Creator of Vertical Formation Skydiving
  • Highlight Pro Skydiving Team member
  • Project 19 Organizer
  • TEDx Speaker
  • 3x Published Author

Core Values

Melissa is committed to providing quality in all aspects of her business, self and relationships.


Holding strong moral principles for my business, myself, my family, and others on the journey of working with others.


Establishing clear boundaries to make a stand in my personal business to pursue great things while making bold moves and leading a brave life.


To have open ears and heart to continue to be willing to be a student, knowing when to lead, and to always act in good judgement.


To continually seek ways through fellowship, networking, education, and/or leadership to keep the passion and spark of joy for what I do!


The Sugar Alpha Chronicles are a series of books based on the life of the late skydiving pioneer and Melissa’s father, Roger Nelson. Originally written by Roger, the series were not published until years after his death when Melissa picked up the dusty manuscript and turned them into books. A decade’s worth of research and finding out truths of her past the series came to fruition.


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