Melissa Ruiz


Melissa Ruiz, MSW began her career in higher education in Conferences and Events, before transitioning into Residence Life and then Student Life and Academic Advising. She jokingly says there isn’t a job in Student Affairs she hasn’t done yet.

Melissa is part of a facilitation team at Swift Kick that has been named the best leadership program an unprecedented 6 years and has already trained over half a million leaders around the US and the world including South Korea, Indonesia, and Bermuda. She also co-authored the award winning book “First Year Student to First Year Success.”

Once upon a time, Melissa was a competitive dancer and placed first runner up in the Miss New Jersey pageant. She now lives in New York City and is a certified personal trainer, runner and dabbles in obstacle course racing.