For anyone who has been a part of Melissa for any amount of time, the Zadow name is a familiar one.
If you have ever been to a youth baseball or softball game in Melissa, you’ve heard of the Zadows. If your child has ever played on the playground near the middle school, you’ve heard of the Zadows.
Zadow Park was designed and donated to the City of Melissa by the Zadow family. Each of the sports fields are named after their three daughters: Sydney, Shelby, and Skylar. The family moved to Melissa in 1985 and has proudly served our community and schools ever since.
In addition to what Doug and Lisa have done collectively, each has contributed significantly to the district in their own right.
In 2006, Lisa Zadow became the first Executive Director of the newly formed Melissa Education Foundation. MEF provides scholarships to Melissa’s graduating seniors as well as grants to Melissa teachers. It was Lisa’s insight and creativity that started the annual MEF Casino Night, which is the biggest fundraiser for the foundation to date.
Lisa ran the foundation for more than four years, collecting sponsorships and donations, planning casino night, and giving out scholarships and grants – all while never expecting anything in return. In doing so, she ensured that all monies would go toward the students and staff of Melissa Schools.
Lisa also served for many years on the McKillop PTO, the Booster Club, and in fact, served as the Booster Club President.
Doug Zadow is currently the President of the 4B Board for the City of Melissa. Doug’s position on the 4B Board is instrumental in the development of the City. Doug initiated the conversation between the City and the school district to form a joint partnership in the building of the Melissa Sports Complex.
Doug has also served on the Melissa Booster Club in many capacities. Doug’s knowledge and love for golf led him in planning and running the first of many annual Melissa Open Golf Tournaments. While under Doug’s guidance, the tournament netted over $50,000 per year for Melissa students. This past year, Doug graciously offered his assistance again and helped make last year’s Melissa Open the most successful one since his departure from the Booster Club.
In addition, the Zadows give an annual scholarship through the Melissa Education Foundation for graduating students attending Texas A&M University.
The Zadows have given countless hours, leadership, support, and direction to the students and staff of Melissa Schools for the last 30 years.