Melissa (Berg) Hough began working for Creative Support Alternatives in 2004, starting as a Support Facilitator providing direct support to individuals with developmental disabilities. In 2005, she became a Community Living Coordinator and, since 2014, began serving as Associate Director. She is passionate about utilizing person-centered planning tools to develop truly individualized services consistent with Creative Support Alternatives’ beliefs and mission. When Creative Support Alternatives and Interwork Institute partnered to create and implement the grant project "Take Charge: Leading the Transition to Adulthood", Melissa also served as Project Coordinator.

Melissa has worked in the disability field in various capacities since 1995. She collaborated with people with developmental disabilities in Northern California, including working as a live-in companion for a woman with cerebral palsy. She simultaneously worked as a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant, providing services to both children and adults with disabilities. Other roles have included Instructional Assistant for students with Autism, Job Developer, Personal Attendant, and Early Intervention Trainee.

Melissa received both her Bachelors degree in Vocational Education and Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University. Her manuscript on Temple Grandin’s "Emergence Labeled Autism," was published in the Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education Journal: Volume 28 Issue 1. In 2014, she received her CRC through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling Certification. Melissa serves on the Cal-TASH Board, is a founding member of the local San Diego Micro-Business Coalition, and maintains membership in the California Supported Living Network, San Diego Supported Living Vendor group, Cal-TASH, and APSE. She also teaches DSPS Continuing Education classes through a local community college.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys doing Bikram Yoga, running half marathons, sailing with her family, traveling, and is currently working on publishing her first Children's book.