Melinda Bales was elected to the Huntersville town board in 2011. Since her election, she has been actively engaged throughout the community. She is an advocate for educational improvements and currently serves as co-chair of the Lake Norman Education Collaborative. She also serves as a member on the CPCC Paramedics Advisory Board and Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation Board.
Melinda was born and raised in Johnson City, TN and attended East Tennessee State University as a business major. In 1991, she married the love of her life and has been married to John William for 26 years. She is the proud mother of two sons, Joshua and Jonathan. Melinda spent the first three years of her marriage as a military spouse in Naples, Italy, and her husband, John, is a military veteran of the U.S. Navy. The experience of living abroad shaped the way she views and loves her country today.
While in Newport News, VA, Melinda worked as a trainer and quality manager for a Fortune 50 company. However, when she and her husband relocated to North Carolina, they made the decision that Melinda would stay home to raise and care for their two boys. From there, she sought out opportunities to improve education for her children, as well as children throughout the Huntersville community.
Melinda previously served as the Women’s Ministry lay director at Christ Community Church for six years. When her children began public school, she became involved at Torrence Creek Elementary – first as a room parent, then as membership chair of the PTA, and finally as PTA President. Melinda was a vocal advocate to end overcrowding at Torrence Creek Elementary.
While staying abreast of issues pertaining to the local schools, she became interested in local government and looked for ways to get involved. In 2009, she was appointed by the town board to the Huntersville Greenway, Bikeway and Trails Commission, and in 2011, became the Commission’s chairperson.
Melinda is always looking for opportunities to serve and give back to her community.