Melanie Pritchard is the Founder and Director of Vera Bella Catholic Girls' Formation program. She has her Masters in Education: Curriculum and Instruction and graduated with Magna Cum Laude in her bachelors in Secondary Education: English. Melanie has worked as a high school English teacher, a college professor teaching Education courses, an Education Director for a non-profit, and an Assistant Headmaster at a preparatory academy. In addition, she has spoken nationwide to thousands of people at many churches, schools and organizations about modesty, chastity, dignity of life issues, and marriage. Previously, she was a board member for Phoenix Natural Family Planning, serving for five years. In 2000, to help people send positive messages with their clothing, she created a clothing line called “Refuge Clothing Co" which has now dissolved into the Vera Bella clothing line. In 2010, The Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix honored her with the “Evangelium Vitae Award.” In addition, in March 2007, the Phoenix Business Journal honored her with “The 40 Most Successful People Under 40 Award”. She has starred in two national commercials, has spoken on several radio stations and has written her own book called, The Day I Died about her survival after suffering an amniotic fluid embolism.