Our Team


Owner & Manager

Melissa is part owner and manager of bella sala, and she takes pride in making events simply unforgettable and easy for you! Her passion for creative, affordable entertaining makes endless décor options possible, from stunning table settings to eye-popping lighting. Originally from Marion, Melissa has focused on customer service and on expanding the venue since it opened in 2009. She also co-owns The Bridal Shop, which is located in Coralville.

Melissa enjoys a busy personal life spent with her husband, son and daughter. The family also welcomes foster children into their home.


Banquet Event Manager

J.P. helps plan and manage every event held at bella sala. From meeting with you to make selections to ensuring proper staffing, J.P. ensures a smooth event and steady communication with you to make sure all your needs are met. He ensures that everything is set up, stocked and ready to go prior to every wedding, reception, meeting, reunion and gala. He has helped make hundreds of simply unforgettable events happen for people from Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and surrounding areas.

J.P. enjoys event planning outside of work, too. He and his friends put on a charity event every year called the JTC Charity Softball Tournament. They donate the funds they raise to various Iowa children's charities. A fun fact about J.P. is that he and his wife met in the Hawkeye Marching Band. They now have three kids-two boys and a girl.


Assistant Event Manager

If you're planning on having your event at bella sala event center, you'll very likely have Bailey by your side through the entire process. From your tour of the facility and waterfall patio to the days leading up to your event, she will help make everything look just as you envisioned. She especially loves guiding couples in choosing their wedding day décor and ensuring brides and grooms look great with gowns and tuxes from The Bridal Shop in Coralville. Rest assured, Bailey will be there for your Big Day, too!

Hailing from northeast Iowa, Bailey has more than a dozen miniature horses back home! She enjoys running, shopping and cooking when she's not working with the team to make simply unforgettable events happen at bella sala.