Previously she volunteered as Chair for the Planning Commission where she worked with the Planning and Zoning staff to create the new Comprehensive Plan, the official guide for the growth of Chesterfield. Merrell also volunteered for Chesterfield's Arts Council which was awarded the 2011 Creative Community Award by Missouri's Arts Council.
In addition to her volunteer service for Chesterfield, Merrell's professional career includes international firms, small business and entrepreneurship. She is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for SmartCare, a business focusing on improving the quality of life for those living with developmental disabilities. She also helped to spearhead several successful small businesses, including a National Emmy Award winning public health communications firm and a St. Louis media and digital production company. Merrell previously served as Senior Vice President for the international Gannett, Co. and King Broadcasting, Inc. and she played a role in the launch of USA TODAY. Locally, she was GM for KSD and KUSA.
Merrell has served as President of the St. Louis Radio Association, President of the St. Louis Advertising Club, Board Member of the National Radio Association, Board Member of the Missouri Broadcoaster's Association and Board Member of the American Ballet Theater.
Merrell helped the Center for Children with Visual Impairments and served as Board Member. Currently, she promotes the love and care of dogs through her role as Treasurer for the Gateway Sporting Dogs Association. Merrell also serves as Secretary of the local DAR Chapter, promoting patriotism and volunteering for veterans, making care packages for troops and food shelters, and participating in Wreaths Across America.
Merrell has deep roots in the Chesterfield community - which has been her family's home for more than four decades. She attended DePauw University. She and Chris have one son, Christopher.