Matthew Gelfman is a Martial Artist, Software Architect, Engineer and Developer, the CEO for Gelfware, LLC, and a Father and a Husband
The Long Path to Success becoming the CEO of Gelfware, LLC, a Civilian Krav Maga Instructor, a Father and a Husband.
Melissa Behrends-Gelfman, originally from Downey, California, moved to the High Desert of California in 1989 and has resided there ever since. From the time Melissa was a young child, aged 5, she was singing in her church’s choir and up in front of people at her church. She was involved in bell choir, sign language choir, the church’s mime team and dramatic performance team. Melissa loves dance and music and performing various types of arts. At the age of 9, her grandmother got her started doing piano lessons. She would practice for hours a day and became a very proficient pianist—traveling all throughout California competing in piano competitions in which she won many trophies. She loves classical music and that is definitely her forte.
In high school—Melissa performed with her school’s show choir and traveled to many states, including: Hawaii, Florida, Utah, Missouri, and even as far as Mexico. She competed as a vocalist at Disneyland at the Golden Horseshoe, as well as Epcot Center Stage—Disneyworld. She performed with the Young Americans while doing a workshop with them. She traveled with her show choir competing with other top show choirs around the United States and did exceedingly well. After High school, Melissa came back to help the newest members of her old show choir by playing keyboards for their competitions as well as a competition at Disneyland—“Showstoppers”.
In Junior college, after high school graduation, Melissa decided to pursue her musical abilities and potential career in the music industry. She explored many different areas of electives in order to find exactly what she really wanted to do with her life. With a series of unfortunate events that had taken place, Melissa decided to change her major and entered psychology courses and found herself fascinated by the human condition. She wanted to make a difference and help impact the lives of those around her.
Melissa, once graduated with her Associates in Arts Degree, went to pursue schooling through California Baptist university. Psychology was definitely a passion of hers. She excelled in her classes and maintained A’s throughout her time at the school. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top 10 percent of her class.
Melissa took some time off from school and had two children and was a stay at home mother for several years. Melissa wanted to provide for her children so she thought about becoming a graphic designer from where she could work from home and still provide for her children. Childcare was not available to her at the time so staying at home and working from home offered her a wonderful opportunity. Melissa attended International Academy of Design and Technology (online based program) and delved into learning graphic design, web design, photography, adobe photoshop, adobe illustrator, etc.
Another series of events occurred and rendered Melissa to get out of a negative situation by renting a room from her Aunt and trying to get back on her feet again after a tumultuous, dangerous and abusive relationship. Melissa was starting over but she was okay with that because she knew ultimately there was a reason everything happened the way it did. She had a higher purpose.
Melissa is currently in her graduate program nearing graduation in Psychology as a Masters in Arts—Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling—are her dual emphases. Once graduated, Melissa will take time off to devote herself to the growth of her company that her and her husband started in 2013, until her youngest child is older. Then Melissa will pursue her PhD. in Neuropsychology and Research. Her Goals include: Writing self-help books, psychology books, etc., becoming a top researcher in mental health, and helping those with mental health disorders.
Melissa is now a step mother to 2 children—ages 14 and 10, and a mother to 2 children—ages 9 and 5. She is married to her best friend of 6 years. She began a new journey in 2015 as well. She dreamed of being able to protect herself and searched out Krav Maga as a self-defense system. Melissa came across Cobra Kai, located in the High Desert of California, and ended up joining. She took an instructor’s course and passed successfully and is now able to teach civilian Krav Maga. Her martial arts journey started off as a way of self-defense; whereas, now it has become an art to her. She is adding to the list of martial arts that she does, which includes: Eskrima/Kali, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Kickboxing.
She is on a never-ending path of life-long learning. She is constantly evolving and adapting to circumstances around her. Her hopes are to help others find their paths. Especially those with mental health disorders. Would Melissa take back anything that has happened to her in her lifetime? No, because it has made her the person that she is today. And she’s content with that.
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- Volunteer Work
- Work Experience
- Spending time with family and close friends.
- Martial Arts including:
- Muay Thai
- Krav Maga
- San Soo
- Graphic Design
- Web Development
- Higher Learning
September 2013 to Present
Software and Software Services for Non-Profit Organizations.
June 1994 to present
Computer Diagnostics and Repair.
February 30, 1994 to March 30, 1994
Newhall Public Library - Salvaged books from amongst the destroyed by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.
Gelfware, LLC., High Desert, CA
CEO and Member December 2013 – Present
Acted as Member and CEO. Responsible for software architectural planning, project management, software engineering and development, business interactions, human-computer interaction, ease of use, management, educating employees and/or private contractors.
- Setting up Accounts
- Graphic and Web Design
- Training Employees and Private Contractors
- Project Management
- Human Resources
- Team Member Collaboration
- Software Architecture
- Software Engineering and Development
- Assuring Up-to-Date Information and System Structures
- Providing Necessary Online Services
Self-Employed, Victorville, CA
Software Engineer and Developer February 2007 / December 2013
Developed websites and web applications. Created specialized online presences for clients target audiences. Integrated psychological principles of perception to maximize client sales and visual appearances.
- Software Engineering
- Web Design
- Web Applications
- Search Engine Marketing
- Audience Analytics