Mel has been involved in community organizations since graduating college in 1975. First serving the Jaycees on the local, regional and State level for 20 years. He has also served on the Boards of the March of Dimes, Volunteers of America, and Boy Scouts of America. During his 30+ year law enforcement career he established an law enforcement Explorer Post and ran the the Neighborhood Watch and Stranger Danger programs up and until he retired from the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department in 2008.
In 1992 he joined his local Rotary club and continued his community involvement. He has served Rotary International as Governor for the 48 club district in southern Illinois from 2008-09. Because of his law enforcement background, he has served as an Advisory Board member and Family Friend for Backstoppers since 2001.
He recently retired as Director of Business Development for Taylor Roofing. Mel met property managers and building owners to help them review their needs for roofing repairs or replacement.
Mel joined Carney's Kids Foundation as a Board member in 2015 and as Executive Director, oversees the organization's annual events and Board of Directors.