1991 – Melissa McCormack

Melissa (Lawrence) McCormack
Miss SNPJ 1991: Strabane, Pa., Lodge 138

When I was crowned Miss SNPJ 1991 in August of 1990, I was known as Melissa Lawrence of Strabane, Pa. My parents are Robert and Rose Marie Lawrence, and I am the last of six children, including Karen, Becky, Michael and Ken. My eldest sibling, Bob Lawrence, is the current SNPJ National Treasurer. My home Lodge is Strabane Lodge 138, and I spent my formative years participating in Youth Circle 19 activities.

After my extraordinary year representing SNPJ and completing school at Canon-McMillan High School in 1991, I entered college at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. While there I participated in many wonderful activities, but devoted much of my time to my sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. I studied sports medicine with a minor in biology and psychology, graduating in the spring of 1995. I began a careeer in banking but swiftly entered graduate school and completed my master’s of science in exercise physiology in 1998. While completing my education, I interned at Allegheny General Hospital where I was then hired in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department as an exercise specialist. During that time I met my future husband, Dan McCormack, who was completing his residency training in emergeny medicine and planning for a job which would take him to Virginia Beach, Va., where we continve to reside. Dan and I were married in May 2001, and at my side for my wedding were two former Miss SNPJs, Allison Engel and Jennifer (Skrajner) Nekic.

I began working for Sentara Healthcare at Sentara Leigh Hospital in August 2000. My career as an exercise physiologist continued in cardiac rehabilitation. To become more involved and familiar with my new surroundings, I became involved in the Norfolk Academy of Medicine Alliance, a volunteer network of physicians’ spouses who provide many community services and charitable hours in support of healthcare issues and medical professionals, and serve currently as president. In my spare time I enjoy exercising, cooking, reading, traveling and socializing with friends. We live a very sporty lifestyle and maintain a rigorous travel schedule. We are able to combine all of our favorite pastimes while supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and proudly completed the Mayor’s Midnight Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska, in 2004. When we can, we enjoy our 12 nieces and nephews and the rest of our family who live in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey.