Melanie Gideon joined Operation Mend in 2008 as the program’s first hire. Today, Melanie is an instrumental leader and team-member responsible for working with UCLA Health and the Katz Center for Collaborative Military Medicine to oversee the program’s growth internally and externally. Aside from leading Operation Mend’s multi-disciplinary team, she works with clinicians and faculty across UCLA Health to guarantee they have the resources needed to provide world-class medical and psychological care. Since the early days, Melanie and her team have dedicated their efforts to ensure that every Operation Mend warrior and family receives the highest level of concierge patient and family centered care available.
In addition to her role at Operation Mend, Melanie serves as the lead representative for UCLA with the Wounded Warrior Project’s Warrior Care Network and The George W. Bush Institute’s Warrior Wellness Alliance. Her work connecting Operation Mend with community partners, military personnel, veteran service organizations and other local and national key leaders has led to a network of collaborators and to supporters for Operation Mend’s expansion.
Additionally, since 2015 Melanie has also served as the executive advisor for Sound Body Sound Mind. UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind is an organization dedicated to fighting childhood obesity by installing state-of-the-art fitness programs in middle and high schools. Their mission is to promote self-confidence and healthy lifestyle choices among today’s youth.