Melissa Knicely has been employed with the City of Charlotte: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control Division for thirteen years. She is responsible for the media relations, promotion, public relations, marketing, and special projects for the Division. Other duties include working closely on fundraising, sponsorship and grant opportunities. She serves as the Public Information Officer for the Division, which also includes the Emergency Response Team. Melissa has obtained over 25 FEMA Certifications for Public Information Officer training and Emergency management for responding to disasters on a local, state and national level. In addition, she has received training certificates from three different universities with a focus on epidemiology and zoonotic diseases. Melissa also serves on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Animal Federation and chairs the Communications Committee.
Melissa majored in Mass Communications and has a Master’s Certificate in Community Preparedness and Emergency Management.
Prior to employment with Animal Care & Control, she spent 20 years in the television broadcasting industry working at local television stations in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina as well as positions with the NBC Network, ESPN and The Carolina Panthers.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two Siberian Huskies. She is also an avid Carolina Panthers, JMU Dukes and UNC Tar Heels fan and does freelance graphic design for the ESPN/SEC Network based in Charlotte, NC.