Melanie Richardson is a native New Orleanian who has been working in the fields of mental health and education for over 20 years. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Specialist in Community College Teaching from Arkansas State University. Melanie is committed to educating families and professionals and removing institutional disincentives, impediments, and other barriers in order to increase the academic success of minority and low-income students.
Christine Neely has been in the field of Education for over 20 years and has always worked to improve standards and provide resources to families and students. Christine has spent over 15 years serving as lead teacher in grades PK-3rd while working closely with administration to mentor new teachers, develop curriculum and make the switch to Common Core. Christine has presented at national conferences and conducted workshops about literacy development, hands on education, Brain Architecture and Mind in The Making Seven Essential Skills. She is an active member of P.E.O International which promotes educational opportunities for women worldwide. She has been married for over 21 years and has two teenage boys.