|Address||4124 Brookridge Drive |
Fairway, Kansas , United States
Feb 28, 2013 08:18pm
|Info||Melissa (Brown) Rooker grew up in Fairway, Kansas, attending Roesland Elementary School, Indian Hills Middle School and Shawnee Mission East High School. She earned a B.F.A. degree from the University of Kansas. |
In 1986, after graduating from KU, Melissa married her fellow KU classmate, Tom Rooker of Leawood, Kansas and moved to Los Angeles where they spent 15 years working together at Clint Eastwood’s Malpaso Productions, based at the Warner Bros. Studios. Serving as Assistant to Mr. Eastwood, Melissa’s responsibilities included reading and analyzing potential film projects for the company. She was promoted to Malpaso’s Director of Development in 1995. Melissa retired in 2001 to focus on raising the couple’s two children, Lindsay and Jack.
A desire for the quality of life she enjoyed in her own childhood – outstanding public schools, a shared sense of community, and proximity to extended family – drew her back to Kansas in 2004. They settled in the neighborhood where she grew up. Currently, her son attends Shawnee Mission East High School and her daughter is a student at KU aspiring toward a PhD.
During the past eight years, Melissa has been actively involved in the community as a volunteer, serving as the president of the Indian Hills PTA, president of the Bryantwood Homes Association, and secretary of the KC Strikers Soccer Club.
Melissa has spent the past three years as a board member and legislative liaison for the Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA (click here for the SMAC-PTA Survey). Her efforts involved visiting nearly every school in the district to connect with PTA units in order to listen and share critical information with parents about school finance, answer questions about legislative priorities, as well as encourage engagement and participation in the election cycle. Melissa also served on the Kansas PTA Advocacy Team. State PTA efforts included meeting with Governor Brownback and key legislative leadership during Kansas PTA Advocacy Day.
Other Community Activities:
Indian Hills Site Council member
The East Fund board member
Renovation Sensation board member
Highlands Elementary Art Smart chair
Shawnee Mission East Cross Country Boosters president