Since 1995, Melinda has worked in faith formation and parish ministry. Raised in the Presbyterian tradition, she chose to become Catholic as a young adult. Melinda holds an MA in Pastoral Ministry, with a concentration in Religious Education, as well as post-graduate certificates in Ecclesial Ministry and Spiritual Formation, all from Boston College. For ten years she served in various parish ministry positions within the Archdiocese of Boston, and began working for Boston College in 2006. Currently, she serves the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) as Associate Director for Continuing Education, coordinating a robust roster of on-campus events on current topics of theology and ministry, and working with non-credit online faith enrichment courses for STM Online: Crossroads. For many years, Melinda has worked as a practicum supervisor for Boston College’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Spiritual Formation, and as a spiritual director she has accompanied women and men for the past 17 years. A native of Colorado, Melinda and her husband are longtime residents of Massachusetts, and the parents of three adult children and three grandchildren.