Melissa Escudero is originally from Wayne, NJ but has lived in Tega Cay, SC for the past fifteen years with her husband, 12-year-old twins, a dog, and a cat. She graduated with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Bergen Community College in 1995. In 2002, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in Health Service Management from Montclair State University. She is an Advanced Cardiac Sonographer with over twenty-five years’ experience in echocardiography. She is also a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography currently serving as a member-at large on the Awards Committee. She has also mentored students, new hires, and cardiology fellows. She has served as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor for the echo program at BCC working with students on scanning techniques and competencies. She has also functioned as an ICAEL consultant having successfully aided echo labs seeking both initial accreditation and reaccreditation. She currently works as a Supervisor of Cardiology at Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute-Kenilworth. She has also volunteered for athlete screenings and various community outreach projects on behalf of Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute. Melissa is looking forward to serving the South Carolina Society of Echocardiography and its members.