Melinda is currently enrolled at SUNY Empire State College to complete dual degrees: Associate Degree in Community and Human Services with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Management and Economics. Melinda serves as Student Representative for ESC Long Island Center’s Student Affairs Committee and as Treasurer for ESC Minority Students in Action Club.
Melinda has extensive experience in Early Childhood Education and Childcare, having been an Administrative Director for 12 years at a local nursery school and child care center. Melinda has a Child Development Associate Credential, a National Administrator’s Credential, and is an Aspire NY Early Childhood Level 4 Registered Professional Trainer. She is also certified in First Aid, CPR, AED and Medication Administration Training.
Melinda’s professional experience includes 12 years in various finance and management positions within banking, medical office management, correctional health services, commercial bookkeeping, and project administration, followed by 12 years as a proficient administrator in the field of human services in her work with children and families as an Early Childhood Educator and Administrator of private nursery school/child care centers in Nassau County. As an Early Childhood Professional Trainer, she has taught and mentored Early Childhood Teachers for CDA certification for 5 years.
“When I returned to college at ESC in Fall 2013 I benefited from a support system at ESC that recognized my life experiences as struggles as a minority woman. The Women of Color Prior Learning Assessment workshops were key to my successfully completing my first term at ESC. The inspiring network of mentors and fellow students offered a safe environment to openly discuss difficulties we faced as ethnic women from varied backgrounds.
So many mentors have extended themselves to encourage and support me in my academic, career, and life goals, I intend to pay it forward and be of service to fellow minority students. These are attributes I will extend to a broader ESC student body and faculty network in my position and work with MSiA.
MSiA Club embodies diverse cultures within OUR COLLEGE, to advocate for progressive enhancement of OUR EXPERIENCE within an inclusive collegiate environment – united by OUR VOICE.”