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"COVID - 19 and the impact on small business. "

This month, Dr. Piller begins her third year as Chair, for the Division of Business and sixth year at Thomas University. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Business Organization and Management. Last fall, Dr. Piller was elected to the Board of Directors for Sigma Beta Delta, the National Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration.

Melinda’s professional career spans three decades, in government relations, campaign management, communications, and nonprofit/association management. Melinda has lead campaign initiatives in Florida and throughout the United States. She has managed and directed campaigns, from presidential to school board.

As a senior association manager, for the Florida Education Association, Melinda directed the political, legislative, and communications divisions during her 12-year tenure. The 100,000 plus member organization grew to become one of the strongest advocates for public education, teachers, and support personnel, in the country.

As an independent consultant, Dr. Piller has worked with numerous national and statewide associations, local nonprofits, and private sector businesses. As a multi-store retail owner, Blue Water Trading Company, she knows the challenges small businesses face every day.

Dr. Piller began teaching Public Administration at Barry University, Miami Springs and Business at Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida. She continues her advocacy work, representing the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in Florida. During the last legislative session, Dr. Piller worked on an extensive legislative package, which was successfully passed and is now law, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health.

Melinda resides in Tallahassee and considers herself a Georgia citizen as well. “I look forward to driving to TU’s beautiful campus again soon! We all miss being with our students, although Zoom has provided us the opportunity to teach and stay in close touch.

Posted by Susan Backofen
August 4, 2020

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