Mel is a hacker. Over time, Mel has progressed from hacking hardware (electrical engineer) to code (software developer) to organizational cultures (OLPC community QA team lead). She now hacks communities of practice as a member of Red Hat’s Community Leadership team.
These days, Mel spends most of her time with on open source in education, teaching professors in the http://teachingopensource.org community how to teach open source and otherwise working to push patches of successful open source cultural habits around learning and teaching "upstream" to classrooms in academia. In her hypothetically existent amounts of free time, she serves on the board of Sugar Labs, works on undergraduate engineering education reform, and plays piano, occasionally at the same time.