“Dive into Life” With Melissa Lonquich
Live Every Thursday from 4-5 PM on WVOX!
In a world filled with negative news, WVOX’s “Dive into Life” is a breath of fresh air! Get to know host Melissa Lonquich, as she “Dives” into all life has to offer! “Dive into Life” focuses on the positive things people are doing to help one another by interviewing various Not-For-Profits and individuals that strive to make their community or the world at large a better place!
Melissa herself is no stranger to devoting her time and energy to helping others. She is a full-time NYC middle school ESL teacher by day, and radio show host by night but still feels it’s very important to find time to give back to the community on another level. Melissa has spent the last few years raising money and giving speeches to promote blood cancer awareness and research. It was through these efforts that she was nominated for woman of the year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2016 and managed a man of the year candidate the following year. As a blood cancer survivor herself she finds comfort in speaking to people and families affected by this terrible disease and counseling new patients to let them know there is life to be lived beyond a diagnosis.
Melissa’s love of helping others goes beyond her fellow man, her affinity for the aquatic world is the driving force behind all the hard work she spends assisting marine related organizations as well. As an avid SCUBA diver holding a master diver certification, and her years as a teacher, she puts these skills together to good use by educating the public about the beauty that lies in the water around us. She is a volunteer diver in a shark tank at a local aquarium (and has dove with over 10 species of shark in the wild), is on the board of directors of The SCUBA Sports Club of Westchester, and a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary as a flotilla staff officer, boating safety instructor, vessel examiner, and boat crew member. Her vast interests don’t stop there! Melissa was the first female ice hockey player in Yonkers, NY on an all boys team (even officiated games throughout Westchester while working for the National Ice Hockey Officials Association, as well as Chelsea Piers and the NHL breakouts), she was also the first female to graduate from Saunders Trades and Technical High School in Yonkers with a major in automotive technology. She holds a BA from St. John’s University with a major in philosophy and minor in theology (while publishing in philosophy journals and chartering an international honor society of philosophy into St. John’s) and holds two masters degrees in both childhood education and TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). Aside from ice hockey, Melissa was a competitive martial artist from the tender age to 6 into adulthood. Unfortunately, the damage left from chemo ended her reign as a fighter, but that didn’t stop her competitive nature from flourishing! Melissa is now an athlete in the up and coming sport of “strongman” and competes multiple times a year.
Be sure to check out her show “Dive into Life” every Thursday where you’re sure to enjoy her interviews of deep “diving” into all life has to offer!
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