Peer Support Specialist for Clackamas County Older Adult Program
Melinda grew up in a home where alcohol use was prevalent. She had easy access to alcohol in her home and began taking her first drinks as an elementary school age child. At the age of ten, she had learned how to pour beer from a tap, as her family had a bar in the basement of their house. She began sneaking beer at that time. 22 years later, after her third alcohol overdose, Melinda joined a recovery program. She has been sober for 26 years and an active member of many boards and committees within that program’s community.
At the age of 35, after the birth of her only child, Melinda was diagnosed with severe Post-Partum Depression and has been treated in both inpatient and outpatient programs for Bipolar Two Disorder. Melinda was a music teacher in the public school systems for over 20 years and at the age of 55 decided to change careers and become a Certified Recovery Mentor. She believes that it is never too late to make major changes in your life for the better and, is very excited to be working specifically with older adult population.