Staff Highlight (December)

Updated: May 17, 2021

Meet Melissa Valadez, who has been with us since February 2020, and is now moving into the role of Community Outreach Services Manager! A little bit about Melissa:

Melissa Valadez holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies – Biology and Psychology from Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon. Melissa, her partner, and their daughter moved to Deschutes County to be closer to family. Melissa is currently attending Portland State University: Master of Social Work program, as she is spirited about social justice, human rights, and interrupting oppression. When Melissa is not actively engaged in Thrive’s extraordinary mission or graduate responsibilities, you will find her spending quality time with her loved ones, catching the breeze, going on bike rides, hiking, water sports, zip-lining, movies, concerts, plays, museums, road-trips – the adventures are endless.

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