Originally from Tennessee, Melody attended Indiana University and earned her bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice. After her undergraduate studies, she taught seventh grade in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. Melody returned to Indiana to obtain her master’s degree in Social Work with concentration on Children and Families. With seven years at Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, Melody worked as a home/community-based child and adolescent therapist working primarily with DCFS involved families as well as youth diagnosed with behavioral disorders ages 3-22.
Melody first came to Y.O.U. as Site Coordinator for the afterschool program at ETHS in January 2010 and transitioned into the role of Youth and Family Counselor/Clinical Coordinator starting in August 2011 where she worked primarily with youth from ETHS and the young adults in the Street Outreach Program. In 2015, she transitioned into her current role as Y.O.U.'s Director of Clinical and Outreach Services. During her time in clinical practice, Melody has facilitated efficacy-based anger management, CBT, and communication protocols and has specific therapeutic focus on providing trauma-focused individual and family therapy.