Malissa Sanon was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University. Sanon has also earned a master's degree in Educational Leadership and completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University in 2020. Sanon has extensive experience working in multicultural affairs, first-year student success, and research. She has worked with both undergraduate and graduate students and has a passion for strengthening the students’ experiences while assisting in the navigation of their collegiate journey.