Melissa has been the CEO for the Lake County Chamber of Commerce since October, 1990, with the exception of a 3 1/2 year position as the Advertising Director for the Lake County Record-Bee and the Clearlake Observer*American from December 1997 to July, 2001.Prior to moving to Lakeport, the Fulton’s owned a home in Oxnard in Southern California where Melissa had a 15 year career in management with Raytheon Corporation. She was one of the first female Production Control Managers in that company, overseeing a department of 40 people. She is a graduate of the Raytheon Engineering Management Association. Melissa is on the Board of the Lake County Economic Development Corporation and has served on various committees dealing with business during her years in Lake County.Her hobbies include photography, motorcycling, camping, gardening, and she considers herself a community volunteer. She has been on the Board of the Lake County Rodeo Association since the early 90s. Economic development is a great interest of hers and she considers her position with the Chamber to be ‘a perfect job’, mainly because it’s not a job, it’s a passion.