Ms. Melissa Bundy
Ms. Bundy earned her B.B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University in 1993 and began her career as a victim’s advocate for the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney in London, Kentucky. During her career as a victim’s advocate, Ms. Bundy was responsible for assisting and supporting victims of child abuse, assault, and families of homicide victims as they experienced the court process, and other issues that related to the needs of the victims.
In 1994, while continuing to work as a victim’s advocate, Ms. Bundy also developed and established the Laurel County Child Abuse Response Team. Ms. Bundy’s primary focus during her career as a victim’s advocate was to aid those that had been the victims of a crime with receiving the support that they needed. In 1997, through her grant writing efforts and community support, Ms. Bundy was able to create new victim’s advocate positions in Laurel and Knox counties, as well as, develop and establish the Cumberland Valley Children’s Advocacy Center.
In 2001, Ms. Bundy became a mental health clinician for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) counseling delinquent youth. Continuing her career with the DJJ, she became a juvenile probation officer, which she provided preventive services and supervision to juvenile offenders.
In 2007, she obtained her Master of Science degree in Corrections/Juvenile Justice through Eastern Kentucky University. Ms. Bundy decided to share her professional experience and expertise in her field by becoming an adjunct professor at Liberty University and the University of the Cumberlands. She has taught classes in child abuse investigation, juvenile justice, and deviance in society.
Ms. Bundy also holds certifications in juvenile sex offender counseling, group counseling, and seven challenges substance abuse. Ms. Bundy has also been member of the National Scholars Honors Society since 2009.
She and her husband have been married for 23 years, and they are the proud parents of a 19 year old son.