Student Success Specialist
Prior to joining the staff at Wells, Melina was a community representative on our Local School Council and a dedicated community partner. She was raised just a mile away from Wells in a family devoted to serving Chicago Public Schools. Her passion for working with youth and families revealed itself early on and lead her to pursue 11 years of service with the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs prior to joining our staff last year.
She first joined Wells as an Ace on the inaugural team of social work interns introduced at Wells in 2011 through a partnership with Northeastern Illinois University. Upon completing her internship and degree, she became a Club Director for the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs and partnered with Wells to create a community space on campus in 2012. Over the last 6 years she has been apart of our team in multiple capacities and has been an invaluable resource to our school community.
Currently our Student Success Specialist, Melina continues to wear multiple hats at Wells preparing school data to drive our work and helping to secure grants to support it. She leads our Student Success Team with our social worker, counselor and a teacher leader, the priority team is focused on the success of our students through academic transitions, social and emotional services, postsecondary planning and civic engagement. in collaboration with our social worker, Melina leads our Care Team, a group dedicated to intense student supports; she also coordinates our Advanced Placement program and sponsors our Student Voice Committee. Whether she's meeting with faculty and staff or one-on-one with a student, or even facilitating our Town Hall meetings, Melina is grounded in her passion for our students and school community.
Outside of Wells, she is the Vice President of her sorority's local alumnae chapter, a group of women promoting professionalism, civic involvement, cultural awareness and celebrating sisterhood. In her personal life, creating is Melina's other passion; she enjoys crafting and cooking. She still lives down the street from Wells, now with her husband, Frank and her chihuahua, Biggie; the three enjoy exploring the city's changing neighborhoods and napping.