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Mel was born and raised in eastern Iowa. Through her education and work experience, she has been involved in both environmental and conservation issues and research. She received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and a Master’s Certificate in GIS from the University of Wyoming. Between semesters at college, she worked with county naturalists and park rangers at Benton County Conservation as a seasonal conservation aide. For the past two summers she has worked as a park ranger at Glacier National Park. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and often can be found hiking and biking in and around the valley. In the winter, she sharpens her computer skills through creating digital art and writing code for video games.

Mel is responsible for the coordination and day-to-day operation of our Meals on Wheels program.


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