For 14 years, Melissa Simpkins has been an essential part of the GRACE team. It pains us to see her leave, however, we are even more excited for the journey she is about to embark upon!

Many who have met Melissa describe her as joyful and lighthearted. She can often times be found lending a listening ear to those who walk into her office, providing refreshment and wise counsel to all who seek her out. She always knows just what to say in every moment. She is an encouragement to everyone she encounters, and always goes the extra mile to make sure those around her feel comfortable and welcomed. One of the many things Melissa does for the staff is sending out messages throughout the week to remind each person the mission of GRACE, but also that we are all special and seen. And on more than one occasion, those emails will cause a frenzy of laughter around the office.

Executive Assistant to the CEO may be Melissa’s title, but she is much more to so many people both in and outside of GRACE. “To say that Melissa Simpkins has played a pivotal role in the mission of GRACE would be a severe understatement. Her passion, commitment and loyalty to the agency over the past 14 years has been the strength and backbone that has guided us through the best of times and the worst of times. As the CEO, I can most assuredly say that I would not have had any measure of success in my position without Melissa by my side. As a friend, my life is better, more enriched and healthier because of my beautiful, sweet friend. While she may be leaving her position at GRACE, GRACE will never leave her heart and she will always be a part of our family!”- CEO, Shonda Schaefer

There are so many wonderful things to say about our dear Melissa. She is truly someone who embodies the values of GRACE. The GRACE staff and community are incredibly blessed by the legacy and the impact Melissa is leaving behind. She has dedicated so much by demonstrating love and compassion to everyone she comes across. Thank you Melissa for your many years for dedicated service to GRACE and to the community.