August 15, 2018

I can’t thank you enough for your collaborative, creative, and hard-working approach to this project. You’ve been so easy to work with and you’ve come up with a dynamite campaign. I’m really excited for our musicians and audience members to see it!

William White, Music Director & Principal Conductor
Orchestra Seattle | Seattle Chamber Singers


May 9, 2018 

Thank you so much for your great design for Cello Fest! It really creates a unified and professional look for the festival.

Nicole Myers, Pittsburgh Cello Fest


May 7, 2018 

Melissa Neely is one of those rare designers who make every project — as well as the process behind them — better than you could ever anticipate. I have used her as a freelance graphic designer for more than two years to create annual reports, high-stake presentations, handouts, logos, graphics and countless other things. When I see even her initial concepts, I always get excited. She is also fast and efficient and possesses a keen eye for details that helps all of our projects, big and small, move at a rapid pace. I would be lost without Melissa — because beyond her standout design capabilities, she’s friendly, fun and a blast to work with.

Shilo Rea, Director of Public Relations, CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences


March 20, 2015 
As we wind down in final preparations for what promises to be another successful SATURN conference next week, I want to acknowledge three staff members whose skill, effort, commitment, and dedication exceed all reasonable expectations—Tamara Marshall-Keim, Melissa Neely, and Michele Falce.

As a result of some changes we made to the technical program this year, the level of complexity in the program configuration increased, and producing the required documentation of the program was a more challenging task than ever before. Both Tamara and Melissa worked tirelessly during workday hours and at night and on weekends to make sure that everything was correct and flawless, interacting with Michele, who seemed also to be available 24/7 in her role as project manager for SATURN. Their attention to detail, relentless patience with the daunting volume of changes, spirit of customer service, and endurance has been inspiring. So I am happy for this opportunity to sing the praises of the unsung heroes of SATURN 2015. Thanks Tamara, Melissa, and Michele!

Bill Pollak, SEI Communication and Transition Manager, Software Solutions Division


March 2015:

Melissa Neely is a very skilled designer who knows how to create graphics and documents that enhance the reader experience. This is a critical skill in the field of software and cybersecurity where the documents and graphics that Melissa creates help our customers in the Department of Defense make better use of software and cybersecurity research. In the 8 years that I have worked with her, she has never once missed a deadline. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Melissa is just a very nice person. All of these traits combined make her an asset to any project.

Heidi Price Brayer, Writer/Editor, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute


October 27, 2014

I wanted you to be aware that we really appreciate our interactions with the Design Group, specifically Melissa and Klaus! We find they have a professional, caring work ethic. This has been especially clear this past month—and their patience a particular virtue—as we struggled to establish a charge string for the IEEE Computer Society/SEI Watts S. Humphrey Software Process Achievement Award. Throughout, Klaus and Melissa have been helpful and pleasant to work with!!

Appreciatively, Michael D. Konrad, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute


November 10, 2014 

I wanted to take this opportunity to recognize the above and beyond contributions of Melissa Neely in support of the Fall 2014 Research Review. This is the second year Melissa has supported the Research Review and her contributions directly contributed to the success of the event.

Melissa contributed directly to the below listed items: Event graphics for web, print, and presentation use, Event Print Materials, Research Review Booklet, Posters, Signage, Badges, Table tents, Agenda, Attendee Information one-pager, Interfacing with the campus print shop to ensure all materials were delivered on time

Melissa created the professional image that our print materials conveyed to our visitors. She performs her work in professional manner and handles multiple assignments on tight deadlines with ease. On more than one occasion, Melissa extended her workday and workweek to ensure that the process of developing materials was accomplished on time and without a hitch. Melissa takes her responsibilities seriously and never complained, even when working with short deadlines. It is not too much to say that we would not have presented the image we did at the Research Review without her knowledge, skills, perseverance, and experience.

Palma Buttles-Valdez, Ph.D., Manager, Special Projects, Senior Member Technical Staff, Software Engineering Institute


2009 Nomination for AJ Award

Melissa Neely is truly the unsung hero of the SEI. Her capable hands touch and mold every major print piece that the SEI produces each year. Her ability to take mountains of raw information and sculpt them into pieces as complex as the Year in Review, the SEI Course Catalog, the CERT annual report, and the SEPG Final Program bare the mark of a true artist and designer. She treats smaller pieces with the same passion and eye for detail as she does our most complex and difficult pieces.

David Gregg