Nina Melic: Volunteer, Board Member
How long have you been volunteering with WTAP?
I have been volunteering only since August 2015. I was looking for a
new job on LinkedIn and came across the WTAP page. I sent Collin an email and the rest is history.
Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working with WTAP?
Besides having the honor of meeting the wonderful people involved in planning the Fundraiser Breakfast in October, I have had the pleasure to meet all the student volunteers that put the time and effort in helping us organize and host the WTAP Breakfast at Scottsdale Community College.
Why do you choose to donate your time to WTAP? Volunteering is good for the soul. I have been looking for the right organization for a while now but nothing really seemed to be calling my name. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of organizations and causes to be involved but they just weren’t for me. WTAP seemed appropriate. Being a former refugee myself, I can relate to what people go through and the challenges they face of starting over.
Describe an experience you had while volunteering that made you realize you were making a difference.
That realization came when we had a room full of people attending the WTAP Fundraiser Breakfast. With everything that’s going on today and the bias influence media has on people made me realize that what WTAP does is very important not only helping those resettled in Arizona but educating the public as well. It also made me realize that people want to help whether it is with their time, financially or spreading the awareness.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
I work full time as a Catering Manager. My free time is spent hiking and exploring Arizona trails. I enjoy spending time with friends and family.
What secret powers or talents do you have?
Yikes, I don’t think any of my talents are secret and definitely no powers here. Not sure if it’s a talent but I am a very adaptive person. I adapt to changes very easily and that’s helped me in the past and has shaped who I am today.