Melanie serves as the Director of the RMO for Returning Citizens – a prisoner-reentry initiative that improves community safety by helping people transitioning out of prison get access to the services and treatment they need to lead whole, healthy and crime-free lives. She is a consultant to a number of newly forming prisoner reentry coalitions in other regions and states. She’s the author of Grace Goes to Prison: An Inspiring Story of Hope and Humanity and has given a TEDx talk titled “Breaking Out of Prison Thinking.” Melanie
is a certified instructor for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Healing Communities model, a National Institute of Corrections certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist, and a SAMHSA-certified instructor for their trauma-informed criminal justice training. She is currently a Baldwin Fellow with the Lancaster County Community Foundation, focusing on trauma and trauma-informed care, and has conducted trainings on trauma, ACEs and related topics for numerous groups across Pennsylvania.


Through a Baldwin Fellowship from the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Melanie is exploring trauma, trauma-informed communities and what it might look like for Lancaster (Pennsylvania) to become a trauma-informed community. She’ll be in dialogue with lots of people from lots of organizations and sectors (education, healthcare, business, human services, faith community, etc) within Lancaster County and around the country to exchange information, insights and ideas. And she’ll be posting lots of what she’s learning and gleaning here so anyone who follows this blog can benefit.