Melissa Quimby is a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow from the Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development at the McLean County Regional Planning Commission.
Originally from New York State, Quimby earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics at the State University of New York in Cortland. She served for two years in the United States Peace Corps in Tablas Monte, Bolivia, as a community agriculture volunteer before returning to New York to earn her master’s degree in Public Health at Columbia University. Quimby spent ten years working as a health delegate for the American Red Cross International Services Department responding to such disasters as the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Quimby has since moved to Illinois to hone her qualitative and quantitative research skills at Illinois State University where she is a graduate student in their Sociology Department and serves as a Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development fellow.