Melissa Shiffman is an adult with Cystic Fibrosis. She earned a Masters in Communication Industries Management in 1997 and began her career in the music industry. In 2003, she changed direction and returned to school for her Masters in Social Work at Hunter College School for Social Work, focusing on Children, Youth and Families. She worked in an outpatient setting for underprivileged women and with students in a New York City high school before going out on disability due to her Cystic Fibrosis. Melissa has volunteered for Cystic Fibrosis related organizations since she was in college, fundraising, reviewing medical grants and event planning. She and friends started their own organization in 1998 with the goal of connecting patients online in a chat room to mitigate the loneliness of long hospital stays. Melissa currently serves as the National Co-Chair for Advocacy for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a role which marries her interests in policy, politics and CF awareness. She lives with her husband in New York City and raises their two children, who are CF carriers and future advocates.