Melissa Van Wagenen (Missy) was born in Verdugo Hills Hospital in 1990 in La Canada, CA. She attended La Canada Flintridge public schools graduating high school in 2008. Following her brother, Ryan Van Wagenen, she moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah. She loved her time in college and achieved a nearly perfect GPA while making many friends. She thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Delta Gamma sorority on campus. Upon graduation from the University of Utah with a BA degree in behavioral sciences, she applied and was accepted to graduate school in the bay area of Northern California. Palo Alto University offers students a highly specialized field of study and advanced graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy. In 2016 she graduated with a Masters Degree in psychology. Immediately upon graduation, she accepted employment as a student counselor for various high schools in the Palo Alto / Woodside area. She finds working with teens and helping them deal with family and school issues remarkably rewarding. She is active in the local young adults ward in Palo Alto and lives in neighboring Redwood City. She visits family in Pasadena often and loves to keep up with her friends and family locally in the Los Angeles area.