Dr. Melinda Valente has a great deal of compassion for the ups and downs on the doctoral journey, and is committed to helping students more effectively manage the dissertation process while overcoming the internal and external challenges they face. She truly enjoys helping students accomplish this significant milestone in their academic careers. Melinda has spent the majority of her career in higher education administration, working in admissions and student services for over 16 years. A little over a decade was spent at Pepperdine University School of Law. She currently works in alumni relations for her alma mater, Emerson College, where she uses her skills, knowledge and experience to help strengthen the college’s alumni community. Melinda earned her Education Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. She also holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s from Emerson College, where she gained experience in the areas of mass communication, media management, and television production.