Melissa Shorey’s involvement in the arts began with her first ballet class at age four. Though she currently on hiatus from the stage, she has experience in stage acting, production design, dance, costuming, playwriting, painting, and sculpture. Her training includes both the Suzuki and Stanislavsky Methods, Balanchine Technique, Graham Technique, and visual arts coursework as a BFA candidate in the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of the Arts. Prior to joining Quill, Shorey began her fundraising career at Lighthouse Guild, a vision services organization in New York City. She spent five years at the Lighthouse where she oversaw the first million dollar grossing gala in the organization’s history, increased the average annual fund gift by 15%, and cut direct mail costs by 12%. Shorey is a graduate of Henrico Country Center for the Arts and holds a BA from VCU in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.