Award Recipient

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Melanie Abts


Dr. Melanie Abts is the Counseling and Career Services Co-Chair for Rio Salado College. Her long standing career in higher education began with positions designed to empower and uplift students more than 25 years ago. Her innovative work as a faculty member began in 2005 and included a wide variety of teaching, mentoring, counseling, and leadership responsibilities. Dr. Abts? passion for helping others thrive is evident in her work assisting with the development of Counseling Adjunct Faculty, and mentoring a diverse population including at-risk and first-generation college students. She is also an active member of many organizations such as Women?s United Steering Committee (United Way) and Co-President of Scottsdale Math and Science Booster Club for Saguaro High School. Melanie has often been recognized and awarded for her leadership and innovation and her unwavering commitment to the community. Dr. Abts earned a B.S. in Family Studies from the University of Arizona, an M.Ed in Counseling from Northern Arizona University, and her Doctorate in Higher Education from Arizona State University. Melanie is an Arizona Licensed Associate Counselor and has her K-12 School Guidance Counselor License and is also an Arizona Licensed Associate Counselor.