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About Melinda.

My philosophy on training and consulting is founded upon a holistic process of experiential learning, where emotional, analytical, practical, and dynamic elements, strategically engage “whole brain” thinking, and serve the whole person.  I believe learning is optimal when each basic learning type is attended to through intentional design and facilitation of information. 


To embrace the process of learning is to embrace, and value, the diversisty, education, and lived experience, of each learner. In doing so, an environment is created where ambiguity, confusion, and uncertainty are called into existence, and able to shift towards understanding, evaluation, and development.  


I believe the possibility for a healthy organizational ecosystem can exist under mindful, empathetic, and conscious leadership, where feedback is invited, encouraged, and champions organizational change.  And it is through authenticity, honesty, direct and assertive feedback, that conflict, challenges, and confusion are rightfully positioned as inevitable, notifications of nurture, and therefore opportunities to envision a new way forward.

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2022 - present

Gonzaga University

Masters in Strategic Communications & Leadership. Internal communications project: "Flow Theory", provides junctures for strategic communications that unite teams, advance a shared mission, and strengthen organizational leadership.

2020 - 2022

Lewis-Clark State College

Bachelor of Science in Communications

Magna cum laude / President's List

Communications theory, research, and development

Cultural Communications


North Idaho College

Associate of Arts in Communications

Dean's List /Small Group Communications/ Journalism/ Theatre

Alumni of The Year Award

1999 - 2010

Aveda Institute

Cosmetology Instructor Certificate

4MAT adult learning instructor training

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