Melinda Campbell is a writer and retired educator with bachelor’s degrees in both English and Science/Biology, an MAE in Secondary Ed/English, and has done Doctorate work in Education Administration. She is also a former Ms. Kentucky’s Woman and Ms. United States. She came to know MADD after her husband, Michael Campbell, was killed in 2015 on I-65 in Nashville by a wrong-way, impaired driver. She is now raising two teenage boys, one on the autism spectrum, and calls herself a Basketball Mom. She is active with her church and passionately advocates against drunk driving and for individuals with special needs and assists with the homeless community, as well. She was honored to be named a Kentucky Colonel and is an avid sports fan and novice gardener. She joined the MADD Tennessee State Advisory Board in 2020.