Mrs. North Dakota International 2020 - Melanie Iverson
Melanie was born in Minot, North Dakota, and grew up in the Red River Valley with her five sisters and two brothers. (insert family photo) Melanie’s best memories are swimming, skiing, and playing competitive card games late into those summer nights with her family at their great grandparent’s lake place on one of Minnesota’s clearest lakes. When they weren’t at the lake, they worked together for the family business cutting down trees, chopping wood and running their sawmill. Melanie even had her own chainsaw, a Stihl 034. Her dad often referred to his girl’s, as his ‘Crew of Lumber Jill’s.’
Melanie competed once in the Hawley High School pageant, winning Miss Congeniality and Most Talented, after she played a solo on her alto saxophone, backed up by her senior high jazz band.
During her years at college, Melanie noticed James in a church basement wearing a suit and tie, deciding she wanted to marry a man who looked that good in a suit. After eighteen months of building a friendship, they began dating after James taught her how to wakeboard at his lake place one summer. A couple years after having two children, Carter and Grayce, their lives took a turn when they lost two more children in the adoption process. Unfortunately, with the loss of two children, discoveries of infidelity and depression that ensued, it was as if a wrecking ball shattered the life they built together when they divorced in 2013.
It was at her rock bottom, that Melanie rediscovered who God created her to be in worship, therapy and with a strong faith community.
Understanding the power of gratitude and service, she joined an international anti-trafficking organization, where she raised over $1M to end modern day slavery. After traveling to Israel and Jordan, she partnered with Shai Fund, a female ran international nonprofit that serves trafficked women, minority groups and the persecuted church in the Middle East. After speaking to Iraqi and Syrian refugees in the Middle East, she discovered that every woman has something she needs to overcome. Shortly after, she traveled to ISIS controlled Iraq to help families reclaim their land after their homes and community were destroyed in the 2014 genocide.
Upon her return from the Middle East, she and James began their own redemptive story and after much healing and godly counsel, they reconciled their marriage. With renewed hope and confidence that God picked up the pieces of their mess and restored it, they decided to launch their business, Mosaic Design and Build. Melanie enjoys her role as CEO and Lead Designer while James manages the construction process as the General Contractor.
Melanie knows that every woman has something she must overcome. She is so honored to represent the state of North Dakota and the International Pageant system. Her vision for the future is that every woman overcome the obstacles in her path so that each one will be restored to the person God created them to be.
“What I’ve discovered, is that whether you’re a housewife from North Dakota, or a human trafficking survivor from the Egypt, every woman has something she needs to overcome.”
Melanie Iverson, Mrs. North Dakota International 2020
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