The Center for Healthy Nonprofits will be holding a monthly gathering of nonprofit marketing and communications professionals to share resources and interact with experts and each other in order to learn and grow.

In this month’s session, we will be joined by Melissa Gruenwald, who will present a case study on “Managing Communications During a Crisis.”

Meetings are held via Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

If you are interested in joining this ongoing group, please contact Paula Van Ness at to obtain more information and the link to participate.

About our Speaker

Melissa graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She spent the next three years in the hospitality industry, developing impeccable customer service and organizational skills. In 1992, she returned to the University of Arizona’s Eller School to begin earning her Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Healthcare. During her summer break in 1993, her healthcare professor offered her a unique internship opportunity at Tucson Medical Center. Little did she know at the time – this opportunity would spur a career in healthcare that would grow and prosper over three decades. Her career with two hospital systems and a private medical practice have allowed her the opportunity to grow her expertise in business development, strategy, marketing, recruitment and leadership.

In her personal life, Melissa has committed her volunteer efforts to children and equestrian activities, her two greatest passions in life. As a native to Southern Arizonan, she adores the lifestyle and culture of the Southwest. Volunteer efforts throughout the past three decades have included Pima County search and rescue, mentoring at-risk youth, 4-H leadership, board membership with the Marana Junior Rodeo Association, mentor for Teton Valley Ranch Camp and most recently, healing retreats with Integrative Touch for Kids. She has touched the lives of many children through her teaching and mentoring and adores the individuals who have become family through this process. She continues to live in Northwest Tucson and is actively involved in 4-H with her two daughters and granddaughter on the weekends. All are avid equestrians and enjoy outdoor activities in our greater Southwest.