Melanee McAfee Kistler was born and raised in Tulsa Oklahoma, where she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa, majoring in Advertising/Public Relations.
She worked at Gilcrease Museum for four years as Association Secretary, taking minutes for a 40-member board of directors as well as organizing museum functions and art sales.
After becoming engaged to her husband, she moved to Oklahoma City to work for the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center as Editorial Assistant for museum publications. She also helped organize events for the prestigious Western Heritage Awards, presenting awards with guest celebrities.
She embarked on a career change when her daughters were still in grade school and began attending OCU law school. She became a Certified Mediator through the Oklahoma Supreme Court Early Settlement Mediation Program, mediating small claims cases upon referral from district court judges.
After law school, she worked on the Fen Phen litigation with Phillips, Murrah during the discovery phase of the complex litigation for the opt-out lawsuits.
She later spent six years working for Oklahoma Child Support Services, managing an interstate caseload and taking remedies to enforce court orders. Another part of her job involved locating assets and employment information for the establishment of paternity and support orders.
In 2012 she opened her own law firm, focusing her practice on family law and social security disability claims. She recently became the contract attorney for Atkins and Markoff, representing claimants in social security hearings before Administrative Law Judges throughout the state.
Her professional associations include membership in the Family Law and Juvenile Law sections of the Oklahoma Bar Association, and the Women in Law Committee where she participates in community service projects. She is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
She and her husband, Steve, have been married for 27 years and have two marvelous daughters. Lindsay, 25, is in her second year at OU Law School and Hillary, 23, is in the Speech Pathology program at UCO.