Melanie Beatus is serving her second year on the YLD Board. She grew up in Roslyn Heights, NY, where she attended Roslyn High School. She graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 2012 with a double major in English and Psychology. After graduation, Melanie moved to Lincoln Park and began her career in financial services at Morningstar, Inc., where she is currently a relationship manager. YLD has played a significant role in Melanie's experience in Chicago, as she was a participant and leader of LEADS, a Feed Chicago site leader, Gesher participant, Back from Birthright committee member, and an attendee of countless events. Melanie's grandparents (OBM) were very active in the Jewish community, and she aspires to continue their legacy. She looks forward to furthering her involvement with JUF.