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Staff Stories - Melanie

Monday September 19, 2016

Melanie Lee grew up in Hawaii on the beautiful island of Oahu. After her 8th grade year she and her family moved to Mercer Island where she attended Mercer Island High School. She was a part of the varsity tennis team for all four years, going undefeated and winning a state championship each year. Aside from being a stellar athlete, Melanie was also a member of her high school’s Volunteer Outreach in Communities Everywhere (VOICE) program, participating in multiple community service projects such as food banks, homeless shelters, and clothing drives all around the greater Seattle area. This experience would be the beginning of Melanie’s commitment to helping others by improving their quality of life.

After graduating high school in 2015, Melanie enrolled at the University of Washington at the Seattle Campus where she began to develop an interest in the coursework relating to the fields of public health, psychology and communication. She is currently undeclared for a major as she gauges her interests in all three fields. Along with taking classes at UW, Melanie is also a member of the Kappa chapter of Delta Zeta sorority. Her membership has given her the opportunity to further her involvement in community service through their numerous fundraisers and philanthropic events.

Melanie And Team

Left to right: Cate, Melanie, Maria and Meleah

Melanie joined the NWPF team in June 2016 as the Programs Leadership Intern. Her position involves assisting in the planning and logistics of various programs and events NWPF provides.

When asked what influenced her to join NWPF, Melanie says, “After finishing my first year at the University of Washington I wanted to explore what I wanted to do as far as a career. Then I came across this internship and it gave me the opportunity to see if I was interested in the communication aspect of a working environment. I also felt like it would give me the chance to learn from the people who have been a part of the NWPF team a lot longer than I have. In particular, learning about how to interact with clients from our Social Worker, Maria”.

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Meleah and Melanie at the Team Parkinson's Walk Seattle

Out of all the memories she has made here at NWPF, the Team Parkinson’s Walk has been Melanie’s favorite moment at NWPF. “Just seeing all the hard work that we all put into this event was a rewarding experience for me and the rest of the NWPF team. Most of all I enjoyed participating in the event itself and being with the Parkinson’s community.”

Even though she was with NWPF for the summer, Melanie has made a strong contribution to our mission. As she heads into her sophomore year of college, she plans to utilize the skills she has learned while interning and apply them to both her school work and future internships jobs she has in the future.

Interested in making a difference like Melanie? Check out our open internships. We are always looking to add awesome interns to our team!

Zack Lane
NWPF Communications Intern

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