“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
This is one of my all time favorite quotes by one of my all time favorite authors. My love of reading and writing stories began in elementary school, I was encouraged by several amazing teachers throughout my education. As a Native American woman, story telling is part of my cultural heritage. Ironically, it was a high school English teacher’s limited understanding of Native culture that ignited my lifelong pursuit of diversity, equity and inclusion and eventually led to my path and career in equity and education colliding. While my path was not what I had planned out on paper, my career choices have been intentional and my public education made it possible. I stand ready to serve.
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Hi, I’m Melissa. I am a mom, I am Sinixt, an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes Arrow Lakes Band, I am a senior communications leader with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. When I’m not spending time with my daughter or working, we love spending time with our family, friends and our pug.