Melissa is married to Commander David Erickson, USN and they have one son, Daniel who is in the eighth grade. On the local level, she has served the past two years as the President of the PTA in Hillsborough County, Florida, the nation's 8th largest district. She has been an active participant in community engagement groups surrounding the district's initiative concerning Empowering Effective Teaching. She also has organized community engagement forums for the US DOE to support improvement in neighborhoods housing turn around schools. As a military wife and a former teacher, Melissa has also become a strong advocate for the Common Core State Standards, believing that their adoption will have a significant impact on the ability of military families to obtain a high quality of education for their children while accommodating the military's need for them to move in support of their military member's career.