Melissa "Louise Bourgeois" Lockhart
Owner-Helping Hands SW FL
Melissa was born in Marietta, Georgia but spent the first half of her life in Pennsylvania. In 1993, she accepted a tennis scholarship at Robert Morris University, and in 1997 graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Melissa relocated to Naples, Florida in 1997, and quickly began her rise in the corporate world; never losing sight of wanting to start her own business. In 2000, Melissa moved to Punta Gorda and has been a resident living in the city ever since.
While building her corporate career, she began to care for a neighbor who did not have any nearby relatives. She quickly became aware of the growing needs for seniors who wanted to stay at home or “age in place”. In 2008, she left her secure, high-level career, and started her in-home care business, lovingly named Helping Hands SW FL, and began her advocacy for Charlotte County’s largest demographic.
In 2014 she and her spouse founded Native Sun Pools, which provides pool service and repairs.
In 2021 Melissa decided that it was time to give back to the community that she has been a part of since 2000. She decided to run for City Council and is currently serving as your District 5 Councilmember for the City of Punta Gorda.
Melissa and her spouse Tiffany live in Burnt Store Meadows along with their 4 cats and 2 goldendoodles.