domingo, julio 14

Yuma business leader joins Yuma Multiversity board of directors

YUMA, Arizona – The Board of Directors for Yuma Multiversity Corporation (YMVC) has announced the election of business leader Shelley Mellon.
A graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Business Administration, Shelley became the 4th generation to follow in her family’s business, R.L. Jones Group.
Her husband, Colin Mellon, is a 3rd generation Yuma produce farmer. Currently they own their own farm and are active in the management and operations of Mellon Farms, Inc., and a ground application company.
Mellon is a licensed Personal & Commercial, Life & Health Insurance Broker in Arizona and California, and a certified Habitudes facilitator. She owns and operates the three locations of RL Jones Insurance & MVD Services.
She also serves as Chair of the Southwest Arizona Town Hall, the Chair of the Yuma Education Advocacy Council, former Board Member & CEO Council of Expect More Arizona, Advisory Council for Education Forward Arizona, Board of Trustees for the Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center, The Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center Pediatric Oncology Fund, Yellow Ribbon-Suicide Awareness Committee, Board Member and Governance Committee of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Corporation, Director of the Yuma Youth Leadership Council, Director of Yuma Youth Town Hall, Chair of the Yuma Union High School District Bond Campaign and Yuma Union High School District Governing Board Member, Board Member of the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma, Board Member of the Yuma County Drug Free Community, Member of the Yuma County Anti-Drug Coalition, Board Member of Yuma County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, S June Pallack Award Council, Mentor with Yuma Up Mentoring Program, Board Member of the Benesche Collection (YRMC Art Heals), volunteer and advocate for Healing Journey, Board of Directors of the Evangelical Free Churches of American, Board Member of Journey Church, Founding Board Member of AdvoKATE Foundation, past Board member of Arizona Town Hall, past Board Member of the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, past Board Member of Rio Colorado Commission, past member of the Arizona Mexico Commission.
Recipient of the International Athena award, Yuma County Citizen of the Year, Arizona Community Foundation Outstanding Leader, and Arizona Business Women’s Territorial Charter Chapter HerStory Recipient.

“As a woman in business, I am very grateful to have had a long line of successful family members, and key business leaders in our community who were extraordinary mentors,” stated Mellon. “We want our students of all ages to have the opportunity to pursue a career in Yuma County. We are proud of our districts and want to make sure we continue to bridge the efforts of education to career pathways, community enrichment, economic development, and increased opportunities for all students. It is vital for employers to strategize with education to best equip our students to have a vast variety of career pathways and thrive in Yuma County. We now embrace the importance of attracting, retaining, and growing our own teachers and workforce right here in Yuma County,” she added.

“As we move forward on the third phase on the YMVC project it is important that we do so in a manner that our region is renowned for—by working collaboratively,” stated YMVC President/CEO Jim Schuessler. “The first two phases of this project have been focused at the grass-roots level, from mapping the educational and economic ecosystem to the third-party developed strategic plan framework that involved the input of over 250 leaders from across Yuma County. We look forward to working with employers seeking skilled workers to provide innovative solutions that are based on their needs while also improving the overall quality of life for people in the Greater Yuma region.”

YMVC’s strategic plan framework will be presented during public meetings planned for mid-October.

The Yuma Multiversity Corporation (YMVC) is a non-profit organization with a mission to collaborate in order to bridge higher education, industry, and prospective talent to provide the means to achieve the skilled careers of today and the future. The vision of YMVC is that a community with advanced education that matches the needs of regional employers achieves increased wage potential, lower unemployment and underemployment, increased sustainability and a thriving population.