As Goddard College Ambassador Alum (BA 2004 / HAS MA 2005), Melanie has a strong sense of community, along with immense respect for individualism. Receiving the Drexel University Deans Scholarship for excellence in research, Melanie selected to stay between Lancaster and Plainfield, completing Goddard College Health Arts & Sciences (HAS MA), an interdisciplinary program founded on the principle that community health, personal health and the health of the natural world are equal. In 2009 the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) awarded Melanie a grant to complete a small business start up program through Assets of Lancaster. As a result of Assets, she operated a craft and collectibles project, Beautiful Day Creations, through the death of her mother, who shared company with her through the progression of Multiple Sclerosis. During the decade of time, from 2003-2013, besides her academic and creative accomplishments, Melanie worked in health care as an attendant and advocate for Alzheimer's disease, hospice and as an aide for adults with disabilities. She also maintained volunteer work with the National M.S. Society, along with Lancaster County organizations such as the YWCA, Clare House for Women, Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, and as poll clerk during elections.
Contributing to projects combining her background in the creative arts, the health arts and sciences, and also her familiarity with urban dynamics, Melanie enjoys a physically active, social, cosmopolitan lifestyle. She is currently freelance in Philadelphia, while exploring new opportunities in other regions.
While working with Melanie at Goddard College, Katt Lissard wrote: "Melanie was always a pleasure to work with. She's articulate, intelligent, highly creative, and has a strong sense of justice and the individual's right to personal freedom. Her work moves between the transgressive & the transformative, always including compassion & heart."
RECENT WORD WORKS
CUSP / Sex Trafficking Alaska
ESPLERP / ESPU San Francisco
Regain That Feeling with Dr. Mitch Tepper, PhD M P D
Noir Riot. A biennial literary journal published in conjunction with NoirCon, a crime fiction conference that has taken place on even-numbered years since 2008.
SLIXA of Canada: Harnessing the power of social media for a radically different adult marketing platform.
The Erotic Literary Salon Philadelphia providing a supportive arena for sharing erotica, writing tips, encouraging writers, offering sex news with a positive spin, and offering discussions on various related topics.
"Sen-Sexual" E-Anthology in affiliation w. The Philadelphia Erotic Literary Salon.
IOTA. Hosted by Miles David Moore.
The Walking Fish Theater Philadelphia.
HeadPress 2.6: Collaborative interview with V.Vale of ReSearch.
IMAGERY & COLLAGE
Philadelphia 2012 - 2013
Free Tours by Foot Philadelphia
Sales Gaspillee: Upstairs at The Irish Pol
jasharp Custom Jewelers
Dosie Dough Bakery
Dog Star Books
Millersville University/ Ganser Gallery
Franklin & Marshall College
FUND RAISER AFFILIATION
Clare House (Shelter for Women)
Crispus Attucks Community Center
Team American Spirit
The National M.S. Society
The Red Thread
FREELANCE & COMMUNITY EVENTS
PA Ballot Access Coalition, Philadelphia
CB Richard Ellis, Philadelphia
Christina's Pantry, Lancaster
DJ Gerri Hoff & The International Network, Lancaster
Dog Star Books, Lancaster
Eyes Wide Open /American Friends Service Committee, Lancaster
Gallery 141, Lancaster
Goodman Creations, Lancaster
Mimi Shapiro, Lancaster
Octavia & the Earthblood Blues Band, Paradise
Padmani Kundalini Yoga Products, Lancaster
Party of One, Lancaster / NYC
The Maternal Diva Rose Hudson, York
Andy Black's Necronomicon, UK
Barrel Entertainment, Detroit
Flickr , Google + , Instagram, LinkedIn , Tumblr, YouTube & Yelp
For more information on the former "Beautiful Day Creations" please visit the memorial website