Director of Finance
Melinda is the Director of Finance and co-founder of Positive Change Via Me. She is very passionate about assisting today’s youth in becoming stable, educated, and productive adults that are willing to give back to their communities. Melinda strongly believes mentoring programs gives children another perspective, outside their homes, to guide them through their destination in life. Melinda is currently married and has a son, a step-daughter, and two grandchildren. She was born in New York and currently resides in Delaware.
Melinda currently works at Verizon, and has been there for over 24 years. She has held many positions throughout her career such as an operator, maintenance administrator, switching equipment technician. She migrated into management in 2004, and is currently holding a position as a Sr. Analyst in the Resource Management Department.
While working for Verizon, Mrs. Hayes volunteered and served on the local board of an Employee Resource Group named (CITE) Consortium of Information and Telecommunication Executives (501c) formerly known as (TEAM) Telecommunication Executives of Associates and Managers for over 15 years. She has held several positions such as the Membership Chair. In this leadership role, she increased membership by over 250%. She also represented the local chapter at the National level by serving as a delegate as well as the National Registration Chairperson. She was responsible for handling registration and issues for over 1500 conferees at the National Conference. Her last position was the local Treasurer. She maintained the financial records for a period of four years with the highest integrity and balanced the budgets year over year. Melinda was the recipient of the Local and National President Award for her outstanding achievements to this organization.
Melinda currently serves as the Box Tops Coordinator for the Sunnyside Elementary PTO, located in Smyrna, Delaware. She also serves as the team mom for the Dover CR Raiders football team and the Dover Little League. She has also volunteered for Computers for Youth as well the Food Bank of Delaware.
Mrs. Hayes was a teenage parent and was forced to become responsible before she was ready. Realizing that this was a choice, she strives to educate teenagers on the consequences of having sex. She is passionate about mentoring young ladies and men. Her goal for them is to live their life making positive choices that will not throw them into adulthood before they are ready.
Mrs. Hayes holds an Associate in Accounting, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She graduated with a Master of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in Network Management, in September 2014.