Melanie Marchand is a native of New Orleans. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University in 1984. She worked as a production and efficiency engineer at Union Carbide Corporation and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. She continued her education at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her MBA in 1991. Ms. Marchand returned to the corporate world and worked in corporate planning, product management, technical sales, and marketing management.

Melanie resigned from Corporate America in the Spring of '98 to establish Sisters in Shape Fitness Consultants, an organization focused on leading African-American women towards a healthier lifestyle primarily through one-on-one personal training and nutrition counseling. She began acquiring fitness certifications more than 15 years ago and is considered an expert in fitness and wellness. She has certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), Step Reebok and Mad Dogg Athletics in Lifestyle and Weight Management Consulting, Personal Training, Aerobics, Step Reebok and Spinning. She has competed in and judged bodybuilding competitions. She serves as fitness consultant to the Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project, Black Men in America.com and Soulpsych.com websites. In February 2001, Sisters In Shape, in partnership with the Einstein Heart Institute, established a free, 12-week wellness program at Germantown Hospital dedicated to the fight against heart disease in African-American women. Ms. Marchand continues on her mission to share her knowledge and experience with African-American women to improve the health of this population. Through the operations of Sisters in Shape, her primary goal is to educate, inspire and motivate as many people as possible.

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