A native of Hayward, California, Melissa Butler's family had vacationed in this area when she was a child. The visits eventually inspired her to move, and she has now been living happily in Reno for the last 18 years. "Reno is less chaotic and less crowded than the Bay Area," she explains. And as a mother of three, she has plenty of excitement and chaos to keep her entertained at home.
Melissa joined the association staff in 2016 and is looking forward to her second rodeo. For her work with the association, she helps to coordinate sponsors, service providers and specialty acts, adding that she does a lot of "odds and ends." She sees the progression of the organization picking up speed, noting the legacy project is an exciting area for new growth.
For her personal rodeo experience, she enjoys the variability of the entertainment, saying, "it's always different; there is no script." Even so, she feels last year she was too busy to take much of it in. This year, she is looking forward to the concert and some of those same specialty acts she worked to organize. But mostly, she is excited to relax a little bit so she can watch and enjoy the nightly competition.