Melanie Fenske


Melanie would like to thank the Hats Off to Mothers Committee for this nomination. She is humbled to be selected and honored to be included among current and past honorees. Melanie has attended several Hats Off Luncheons in the past and believes Life Unlimited is a great organization with an important mission.

Melanie grew up primarily in Nebraska. She is the daughter of loving parents and stepparents with two beloved siblings. She attended college at the University of Nebraska majoring in Criminal Justice. She met her husband, Mike, as they were both finishing college. They moved to Kansas City after college and began their careers. They were blessed with three children, first, Jake and Luke, then, eleven years later Ella. Following the birth of Ella, Melanie was privileged to become a full-time mother and community volunteer.

Melanie’s volunteerism began in the children’s schools and church, holding roles such as room parent, auction committee, Sunday school teacher, after prom chair and after graduation chair. She has been very involved with Kansas City Arts organizations. She has chaired or co-chaired the UMKC Conservatory Gala, the Lyric Opera Ball Silent Auction, the Ballet Ball, and the Symphony Ball. She is currently Co-Chairing the Committee of 100 Luncheon in support of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. She has also been very involved with the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault for over ten years, chairing the Young at Art fundraiser gala and serving on the Board of Directors, currently Board Chair.

Melanie and Mike feel very lucky to have raised their family here. Jake is married to the loveliest woman, Fiona. They live in Leawood and have two children, Evelyn and Eli. Melanie and Mike love their roles as “Nini and Dude.” Luke is a brand-new homeowner in Overland Park. Ella will graduate from Pembroke Hill in May and is headed to the University of Colorado in the fall.


As any mother knows, being a mom is one of life’s greatest joys! It is also scary, frustrating, and hard- but then rewarding and fulfilling. I cannot imagine my life without my children, and now my grandchildren. I’ve been so luck to share this journey of parenthood with my husband. Mike and I have always strived to lovingly raise our children to be hard working, thoughtful, and caring. One of the greatest compliments I can be paid is to be told my children are good, kind people. I’m excited to see what the future holds for them and share in their journeys as adults.