Melissa Newman is Regional Stewardship Coordinator for Eastern Kentucky University and an instructor of public relations, journalism and communication within EKU’s Department of Communication. She is also the faculty supervisor for EKU’s public relations who work to support marketing efforts for Shaping Our Appalachian Region, East Kentucky Leadership Foundation and The Promise Zone. Prior to Newman’s work in academia, she enjoyed a 25-year career in media, first as an award-winning journalist, then public relations practitioner and finally as a non-profit fundraiser and grant writer. In addition, Newman is a commissioner for the Governor’s Kentucky Commission on Women and part of the Governor’s Speaker Bureau for the Commission. Melissa joined the EKLF board in January 2016.