|Arte Sana Board of Directors
Melina Castillo currently works as a Social Worker in a community medical clinic. Her work involves in working with children and adults. She provides crisis intervention and support to help address abuse, addiction, mental health issues, financial difficulties and other psychosocial needs patients may be struggling with. Prior to joining the medical clinic, Melina worked as a High School Social Worker. She worked with students who were experiencing barriers to their success in school. She worked with students, parents, staff to help address and eliminate these barriers, which included lack of basic needs or housing, family violence, homelessness, child abuse, and many other life altering issues. Prior to joining the school district, Melina worked as a Domestic Violence Counselor for the Irving Police Department. She worked with primarily victims/survivors of family violence and also worked with victims/survivors of other crimes, including sexual assault, burglary, assault, drunk driving crashes, and homicide. Prior to joining the Irving Police Department, Melina worked for The Family Place, a local domestic violence agency. Melina worked for their emergency shelter, which provided emergency shelter to victims of family violence and their children.
For five years, Melina served as chair then co-chair of Latinos Against Domestic Violence (LADV), a committee whose purpose is to promote awareness on family violence in the Latino community. Melina helped organize their annual conference in Dallas. Melina has served as Vice President of the Grand Prairie Human Services Coalition. Melina is a member of Kappa Delta Chi, Sorority, Inc., a service organization. This sisterhood motivates women to achieve their dream of a higher education, nurtures them to become successful leaders and encourages them to make a difference in their communities. Melina believes community involvement is important in order to better serve families. For over ten years, Melina has worked with children and families to help empower them in order to create healthy families and communities.