Melissa is a wife, Sam’s Mum and a bereaved parent. She is also a palliative coach, a speaker and a professional consultant now strategically focused on the paediatric healthcare sector, through her company Kotula Management Services. Melissa has studied a Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine at UCT (University of Cape Town), Coaching at the Centre of Coaching at UCT’s Graduate School of Business, and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rhodes University.
Melissa is passionate about patient and child advocacy and child and family centred healthcare. Melissa is Co-Founder of Footprints4Sam, a Trust formed in memory of their son, Samuel. The mission of the Trust is to leave footprints of change in neonatal and paediatric ICU wards countrywide.
Melissa’s senior management experience has been in heading up teams in sales, marketing and business development for many years and her consulting, coaching and advocacy work has inspired positive growth, resilience and change in the families, individuals and teams she has worked with both in the healthcare environment, as well as in the commercial sector.