Melinda is Chairperson and associate professor of sociology at Ball State University. Messineo has received four teaching awards at her current institution and one from the North Central Sociological Association. She currently serves as Director of the Freshman Connections Program, an award winning living and learning community program targeting first year students. This program works with MDCB each year on the White River Cleanup as part of its community service and sustainability objectives. Melinda is a California native and loves running, riding and roller-blading on the trails of our community.
Dustin joined MDCB in December 2015 as Treasurer. He is a Ball State University graduate with a B.A. in accounting with 5 years of experience in public accounting and currently employed at Estep Burkey Simmons, LLC. Dustin is a native of Muncie and enjoys spending time with his wife and son.
Laurynn has been a member of the Muncie community since 2011. She graduated in 2016 with her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and a BS in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Ball State University. Her background is in horticulture and design. Recently she made the decision to go back to school in hopes of receiving dual masters in Geography and Natural Resources. Laurynn’s career goals include conservation and land stewardship, as well as restoration ecology. She enjoys hiking and loves spending time with her boyfriend and puppies.