As a social worker advocating for people through the complex systems related to healthcare, Melanie has developed her passion for supporting people who are enduring difficult life circumstances, such as medical crisis, to access basic needs and affordable healthcare.  In her current work, Melanie guides and advocates for people who are facing barriers or challenging issues in their healthcare experience. In her free time, Melanie keeps a steady mix of taking in the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, good times around Portland with her friends, and visits to her family in the other three corners of the country.

Although Melanie is not a musician herself, she holds a deep love of music for the personal joy and inspiration that it brings her, and a strong admiration for how musicians share their creative gifts with the world.  She greatly appreciates how her work with The Jeremy Wilson Foundation to serve local musicians in need so beautifully combines her life-long connection to music with her professional calling.