JoAnn Melchor is from Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico and has extensive experience working with youth, parents, and communities throughout New Mexico, the US, and Latin America. She is currently the Executive Director of Southwest Youth Services, a nonprofit founded in 2004, based at the Native American Community Academy campus in Albuquerque, NM. The mission is to provide positive youth development through educational, health and wellness, and youth leadership components in partnership with Native American communities and organizations. JoAnn is a lifelong volunteer for programs and educational activities that promote the wellbeing of children and positive development of communities. JoAnn serves on several local boards.