Elaine Melmed, Board Secretary

I graduated from the College of the City of New York (CCNY) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. My other degrees include a Master of Arts in Education, and a two-year Post-Master’s in Administration and Supervision from Queens College, New York.

From 1969 to 1981, I was Director of the Metropolitan Council for Staff Development—a consortium of 10 Schools. During that time, I was also Co-Director of Special Projects at the Washington School of Psychiatry. From 1978-1980, I was a Commissioner for the District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission, and became the body’s Chairman. In 1982 I became the Executive Director of The Fund for Education and Human Services and Projects in Education. I recently retired from the Fund for Education and Human Services in September 2018.

I have been active in a variety of other civic and professional organizations which include: President of the District of Columbia chapter of the Council of Administrative Women in Education, Chairman of the Education Committee of the D.C. League of Women Voters, Vice President of the D.C. League of Women Voters, Vice President and board member of D.C. Citizens for Better Public Education, board member of Family Stress Services of the District of Columbia, member of the Goals 1000 Panel, and member of the Forest Hills Civic Association. I was also a member of United Way’s Board of Directors, and Resource and Allocation Committee.

I have 30 years of experience as an administrator and director of over 50 projects. I worked on projects concerned with counseling, mental health, and education—primary, secondary and post-secondary. Clients and constituents of the programs included community organizations, educational institutions, city and state agencies, and the Federal government. The programs helped serve youth, families, and older Americans. My expertise lies in all elements of program development, including: design, curriculum development, training, documentation, dissemination, technical help and evaluation of topic areas.

I currently serve on Iona’s Board of Directors. When I anticipated retirement after 50 years of working with children, teachers, administrators and schools, I wanted to find an organization that served people in need. Iona had a reputation of being well run with an excellent staff, and for providing much needed services to a growing population of older adults and family caregivers. My decision to join the Board of Iona has been one I never regretted.