Mels joined our team in 2018 and is now our INDEx Program Director. They fell in love with the Inland Northwest over eight years ago and are excited to expand independent living services to five Washington Counties. Their focus is on advocating for independence, equity, and justice. Having lived with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) for 11 years, they understands the stigma faced by those with mental illness. When you first meet Mels, you notice the colorful hair and Thor, a psychiatric service dog in-training.