Michael Melango was born in Neptune, New Jersey, and after starting life in Belmar, Michael and his family relocated to Elizabeth. Michael attended Saint Joseph's grammar school in Roselle and later graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Westfield. After high school, Michael continued his education at Caldwell Community College, completing all courses for construction licensing and estimating. Michael is a licensed building inspector holding 4 DCA licenses with the State of New Jersey. He is a licensed lead tester and a State of New Jersey home inspector. He also holds a real-estate license with Coldwell Banker. Michael's father opened Melo Contractors, Inc. in 1964, and Michael became president of Melo in 1990. Now, Michael's son who graduated high school in June has joined the company and will be the third generation to continue the tradition. Michael's hobbies include wine making, exercising, biking, going to the beach and instructing group fitness classes at several gyms, including the JCC. None of these hobbies include dancing! Michael currently lives in Mountainside, New Jersey with his son Michael.
Lisa Nierenberg was born in New York, NY. She graduated from Hampshire College, Amherst, followed by a degree from Penn State Medical School, where she was part of the first graduating class of an experimental college in family practice. Lisa is a Penn State Medical School Board certified family physician. For the last 32 years she has been giving “cradle to grave” care to patients and their families in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. David Bunevich, Lisa’s husband and Past President of the JCC, and her daughters, Eve, Robin and Sarah, persuaded Lisa to participate in the second annual Dancing with the JCC Stars fundraising event. Lisa explains: “I am very committed to furthering education and providing scholarship funding. That's why I am putting myself out there to do this. I am a competent skier, swimmer and biker, Dancer?- I’m not so sure!”