Christian and Melissa are thrilled to be raising their two children, Jake and Gia, in Parkland, where the family has lived for 10 years. Melissa grew up in Coral Springs, so she’s very familiar with our community and its unique culture. She tells us, “I love Parkland because it gives you the small town feel, but you can get to so many great locations within a 30-45 minute drive. It is an excellent place to raise children! The community really knows how to rally around friends and neighbors in good times or bad.”
Their active kids, Jake, 12, and Gia, 10, both attend North Broward Preparatory School, and are in seventh and fifth grades. Jake stays focused on the JV golf team, and Gia pursues dance at a local studio with dedicated passion! When the kids were younger, Christian coached soccer, flag football, and baseball. Melissa was also on the PTA at Park Trails Elementary for years.
The Messanas admit to “obsessing” over their two adorable golden doodles, Scout and Aspen. Despite their love of home and our beautiful area, all of the ‘peeps’ in the household enjoy taking family vacations. Christian tells us, “We love to ski in the winter, yet we also enjoy being home bodies and watching movies and playing games. We love to entertain at our house and have friends and family over.”
Christian owns an Engineering Consulting Company, and Melissa is a real estate agent specializing in Parkland & Coral Springs, two unique cities that are near and dear to her heart.
Melissa currently serves on the board of directors for Not My Daughter… find a cure now! Gia began dancing at the event and both Melissa and Christian were blown away at what a wonderful experience it was, and for such an important cause! Gia loves assisting at the annual fundraiser. Many of the women who keep things running smoothly have their daughters and sons helping out as well.
When asked about pandemic life and its affect on her family, Melissa tells us, “It really gave us time together that we would never have had. We got to cook dinners together, bake, play board games and take walks. I think we are all more appreciative of the little things in life after going through that experience. We are so appreciative of this town and all the amazing friends we have made!”