I’m fortunate enough to call Melanie Deysher a great friend and have known her since our boys (seniors now) were in kindergarten. My first experience was helping her teach “Grow Lab” at Nishuane. I was very taken by her commitment to this program, allowing kids the experience of planting, growing and even making smoothies from the fruits of their labor. She took this program to new heights, with a school garden and tireless devotion to seeing it thrive.

Over the years, as our kids got older, her dedication to each cause or effort she was passionate about, was met with that same nurturing spirit and non-stop care. She is a champion for fairness and speaks up for those who need help finding their voice. Like those plants in that garden, she works tirelessly to ensure all kids have every opportunity to grow and thrive in this community. She is literally not afraid to get her hands dirty and roll up her sleeves. She most definitely has my vote.

Vicky Roncero


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