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Melinda English, M.I.S.      PHR, SHRM-CP, RCC™

Equipping Talent ~ Empowering Leaders ~ Coaching Students & Professionals

professional Experience


Organizational and Professional Development

Rice University

Partner with schools, divisions and departments across the University to provide professional and leadership development and organizational development interventions, including but not limited to coaching, consultation, strategy, process improvement, resource development, facilitation, team development and a full range of customized solutions.


Career Management Consultant

Right Management

Partner with organizations to plan, communicate and implement workforce transitions through proven career development and outplacement services, including coaching, skills development and other innovative solutions. Empower and equip exiting employees to find their next professional opportunity, while also reducing risk for organizations pertaining to career transitions


Director of Human Resources

Houston SPCA

Hired as first Human Resources Director(in approximately two years) to oversee all aspects of human resources, including talent acquisition, on-boarding, orientation, training, leadership development, employee engagement & retention, benefits & compensation administration, employee relations, safety & risk management and compliance. 


Senior Manager-Talent Development

YMCA of the USA- Left due to relocation

Recruited for new role at national office due to results and previous success in Leadership Development. Led team to design and develop a full suite of tools, resources and processes for CAUSE-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP® Competency Model and leadership program for approximately 19, 000 full-time(approximately 250, 000 including part-time/seasonal) employees in 2, 700 YMCAs(900 Associations) nationwide.

  • Oversaw organizational leadership certification process and related learning and development experiences.
  • Served in HR Advisory capacity while providing executive and leadership coaching for C-Suite leaders, executives and middle management level professionals. Led change management initiatives and delivered training and leadership development locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Served as national trainer for corporate office.
  • Developed and launched new tools to support CHROs, including budgeting, development planning and pre & post application of training; Worked with national Human Resources group on special projects, including revising and launching new hiring guide and updating organizational position descriptions.

Adjunct Faculty

Keller Graduate School of Management/DeVry University
  • Instructed graduate courses in Organizational Behavior & Leadership(MGMT 591) and in HRM(including Training & Development(HR 592), Managing Global Diversity(HR 582), Human Resource Management(HR 590), Strategic Staffing(HR 594) & Managing Organizational Change(HR 587).
  • Instructed undergraduate courses such as Intro to HRM(MGMT 410), Career Development(CARD 405) and Leadership & Motivation(PSY 305).
  • Developed and facilitated Career Development Workshops(series of four) DeVry/Keller upon request from Campus Director. 
Oct 1998Apr 2014

Assoc. VP of Recruitment & Leadership Development

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Associate VP of Recruitment & Leadership Development (2011-2014); Sr Director (2008-2011); Director of Staff Recruitment and Development (2003-2008); Senior Director-Baxter YMCA (2000-2003); Director (1998-2000)

Promoted twice with expanded responsibilities in Leadership & Executive Development, while maintaining responsibilities for previous roles.

  • Oversaw all aspects of training(local and national-YUSA) & certification, administered all levels of leadership development programming, employee engagement & recognition, talent acquisition, new hire on-boarding & orientation, employee relations & performance management for over 2, 500 staff annually. 
  • Served in HR Consultant capacity to provide counsel and support to senior management in areas pertaining to talent acquisition, employee development & employee relations(performance, coaching, conflict resolution & legal compliance-e.g. ADA, DOL, OSHA, EEOC, etc.) and team building and development.
  • Influenced organizational change by developing, proposing & executing talent review process and strategic approach to develop and retain high potential staff, endorsed by President/CEO(2012-14), and resulted in Advanced Leadership Program, which introduced new development experiences, such as job crafting and the RBSE™.
  • Created and launched Executive Development Program and Leadership Experience Program for emerging leaders, resulting in over 57% being promoted or taking on more leadership responsibility within 1-2 years.
  • Developed and implemented professional development planning process incorporating Leadership Competency Model and New Manager Orientation series, all which are still in place today. Assembled and led on-boarding taskforce in order to identify systematic and organizational improvements in the new employee experience & on-boarding process to impact engagement, productivity & retention(2012-14).
  • Developed and launched blended learning solution resulting in reduced training costs(approximately $84,000 in 1 year) and increased training access for employees. Coordinated regional training events for Y-USA & served on national Training Quality Team.
  • Designed, facilitated and evaluated staff training, development and recognition initiatives for approximately 260 full-time and 2200+ part-time/seasonal employees, including needs assessment, curriculum development and program delivery, in order to meet strategic organizational objectives. 

Clinical Manager

Youth Villages -relocated to Indiana

Promoted from Counselor to Clinical Manager within 2 months.

Managed new office/team and provided clinical direction and supervision to counselors, behavior specialists and therapeutic foster parents in regard to emotionally troubled youth. Evaluated caseloads, referrals, home approvals and behavior modification plans and maintained compliance with state (JCAHO) and organizational requirements. Tripled number of youth served and doubled the number of foster parents in 1 year.


Dean of Student Development & Dir-Student Activities

Bethel College

Developed and enforced campus disciplinary policies and procedures and counseled students. Supervised, programmed and maintained three residential facilities and instructed required freshman course titled College Threshold Experience. Recognized as Staff Member of the Year (1994). Oversaw Student Life, including campus activity center, student organizations and related events.


Jun 2015Mar 2019


Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
May 2005May 2017


Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)
Nov 2013Present

Registered Corporate Coach (RCC)

World Association of Business Coaches (WABC)



B.S. Human Resources Management

Oakland City University


Stephen F. Austin State University

Graduate Assistant in Student Development


B.S. Family/Child Development

Stephen F. Austin State University