Melinda Avey has been a community leader for decades. When she first moved to Fair Oaks, CA, with her husband and four children she became a part-time school district employee and remained in that role for nearly two decades.
During that time, seeking a level of financial security that her family long desired – she took the bold step of founding her own small business in 1986. With nothing more than a home computer, medical dictionary, and folding table in her living room, Melinda Avey Medical Transcription was launched.
Over the next 25 years, her one-woman operation grew to become one of the largest private medical transcription companies in the Sacramento region, employing up to 20 people and serving more than 30 medical offices in a dozen specialty practices.
Her community leadership and civic engagement flourished as well. Since 2002, she has been appointed by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors as their representative to a variety of boards and commissions including the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board and the Human Services Coordinated Council.
Most recently, she was appointed to serve on a Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee workgroup where she helped to draft a proposal that would utilize $9 million in Mental Health Services Act funds to reduce recidivism and better address the unmet complex service needs of individuals living with serious mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system. She also serves on the Methamphetamine Task Force.
At the state level, she has served on the California Council on Alcohol Policy and was elected to the Credentialing Board for the California Consortium of Addiction Program Professionals.
Locally, she is a member of the Assistance League of Sacramento where she previously served as the board's secretary, and am a member of the League of Women Voters, Creative Arts League, and the Sacramento Historical Society.
Melinda lives in her longtime Fair Oaks home and spends her free time at soccer fields, swim meets, and school events with her grandchildren. She is a member of Our Lady of Assumption Parish in Carmichael, CA.