Hi, I'm Melinda
I’ve lived in San Juan Unified School District for 40 years.
All four of my children attended Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary. My oldest son went on to attend Arcade Fundamental Middle School and El Camino Fundamental High School. My three other children attended Will Rogers Middle School and Del Campo High School. Following graduation my children went on on to earn Associate Degrees from American River College and Sierra College and Bachelor' degrees from UC Davis, San Francisco State and San Diego State. Post graduate degrees were earned at Sacramento State, University of Notre Dame, and McGeorge School of Law.
I have six grandchildren who live in the school district. They attend Earl LeGette Elementary, Albert Schweitzer Elementary, Barrett Middle School, and Del Campo High School. One of my grandsons graduated from Del Campo High School and currently attends Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Five of my grandchildren live outside the district, two of whom attend San Francisco State University and Loyola Marymount University. One granddaughter has graduated from Boise State University.
I've been a community leader for decades. When I first moved to the community I 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 for my family long desired – I took the bold step of founding my own small business in 1986. With nothing more than a home computer and medical dictionary, Melinda Avey Medical Transcription launched from a folding table in my living room.
Over the next 25 years, my 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.
My community leadership and civic engagement flourished as well. Since 2002, I've 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, I was appointed to serve on a Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee workgroup where I 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. I also serve on the Methamphetamine Task Force.
At the state level, I've served on the California Council on Alcohol Policy and was elected to the Credentialing Board for the California Consortium of Addiction Program Professionals.
Locally, I'm a member of the Assistance League of Sacramento where I 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.
I live in my longtime Fair Oaks home and spend my free time at soccer fields, swim meets, and school events with my grandchildren. I am a member of Our Lady of Assumption Parish in Carmichael.