Melinda has worked in the Ag & Food Systems program at CCESC since 2014. Her primary focus is farmland preservation and economic development programming. She works closely with the Sullivan County Department of Planning and Community Development on implementing the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan. Melinda attended Monticello High School and is a graduate of SUNY Sullivan, SUNY Purchase, and Vermont Law School where she earned her master’s degree in environmental law and policy. Melinda is a co-founder of the Rock Hill Farmers’ Market, secretary of the Rock Hill Business & Community Association, and a Town of Thompson Council member. She has also volunteered with the Rock Hill Fire Department and previously served on the Town of Thompson Planning Board.