With more than a decade of experience in academic medicine, Melody provides valuable insight into overall strategic direction and oversight of the operations of the Department of Pediatrics and the research business operations of Lurie Children’s Medical Center. She provides purposeful leadership and management over all aspects of the day-to-day administration of the department while championing Lurie Children’s values and priorities to enable the department and research enterprise to achieve its strategic, operational and financial goals. Prior to joining Lurie Children’s, Melody spent 8 years at the University of Chicago, most recently as the Executive Administrator for the Department of Pediatrics, serving as the administrative and financial lead for all aspects of the department’s operations. She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and her BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an active member with the Association of Administrators in Academic Pediatrics (AAAP), as well as with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and Chicago Booth’s Graduate Women in Business. Melody was site host for the Fall, 2018 AAAP Regional Meeting in Chicago, IL.