Melanie has a record of assisting vulnerable communities in various occupations throughout her 20-year career in Administration. In the early 2000’s, Melanie worked with Safehouse/the Domestic Violence Project Team, creating a survivor toolkit to better assist Washtenaw County domestic abuse survivors. At the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), Melanie assisted the Business Office in collaborating with SNRE faculty to manage their non-sponsored grant awards, also assisting students in managing small student grants. Melanie played a key role at Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) as the Office Administrator and assisted in researching metrics for waste recovery solutions, organics management and corporate sustainability throughout the U.S. Melanie also played a key role in public sector proposal creation and management at RRS.
Melanie’s current role as Office Manager with Fair Food Network, allows her the opportunity to assist the Double Up Food Buck (DUFB) program, which matches EBT/Bridge Card or food stamp dollars spent on fruits and vegetables. The DUFB program ensures families in vulnerable communities have access to healthy foods, which means more business for local farmers and a boost for local economies. Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree in Literature from Eastern Michigan University, and you can often find her at the local library, perusing the non-fiction shelves. Melanie enjoys vacations with her family, playing tennis, practicing yoga, swimming laps, and bird watching. Melanie is also an avid cook, who feels most comfortable in the kitchen preparing meals.