Director of Community Outreach
Melanie is originally from the D.C.area. She came to Philly as an education activist in 2002. She started with Working While Playing in the fall of 2015 using her membership in a slightly different capacity as other members. Our Germantown studio was used for her to teach yoga classes. In the 1990s, Melanie was a community activist living in the Arlandria-Chirilagua neighborhood of Northern Virginia and working there with the non-profit organization, Tenants and Workers United/Inquilinos y Trabajadores Unidos. This experience not only enabled her to become bi-lingual in Spanish but also taught her heartfelt lessons in social justice, humanity and the importance of connecting community. Different roles as a community activist gave her a very diverse skill set that she now uses for her self-titled profession as "Odd Job Specialist.” She provides eldercare, and teaches her specialized modified brand of yoga for people of size called," You Don't Have to be Teeny to be a Yogini." On the creative side, she’s a singer; stand up comic, and poet. Melanie is thrilled to be part of Working While Playing as it provides her the opportunity to combine community and the arts and social justice. Her best friends call her "The Connector". She tries to apply her three mantras in all aspects of her life: chesed (loving-kindness), service, and laughter.