Melanie is an enrolled Citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa; Belcourt, North Dakota. Melanie received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of North Dakota and a Masters in Public Health in community health education with a concentration in health disparities from the University of Minnesota. This fall Melanie will be entering her 5th year in the PhD in Epidemiology social behavioral track program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health as a doctoral candidate. Melanie is a community engaged scholar and has worked 10 years on various research projects within the American Indian community. Melanie is also trained in community based participatory research and mixed (quantitative and qualitative) research methods. Currently Melanie is the Operational Director at the American Indian Public Health Resource Center housed at North Dakota State University. Melanie is prepared to serve American Indian people utilizing her knowledge, skills, and abilities which she has acquired through her education and experience working with Native communities. Melanie has a wealth of experience working in community health education and research and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Native communities.