Melinda has been an ESL teacher in Frankfort, Ind., since 2004. She spent three years (2004-2007) developing a successful Latino Community Learning Center/Pl@za Comunitaria in Frankfort, Indiana, followed by three years (2007-2010) as the Learning Network Coordinator of Clinton County, building local educational and workforce capacity through grant funding and fee-based revenue. In 2010, upon obtaining her Master’s degree from Purdue University in Extension/adult education, she became a community development educator in Clinton County. In 2013, she became the Clinton County Extension Director. Since 2016, she has worked as a community development specialist at the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD). In her role at PCRD, Melinda leverages the experience she gained working with her local community, and expands it into regional impact for the state of Indiana.