Melinda Vortman works in collaboration with the SNAP-ED Educator to conduct Policy Systems and Environment (PSE) work in the areas of messaging strategies, data collection, assessments, and PSE implementation assistance. Vortman collaborates with nutritionally based emergency food services and helps the community in relation to food access through summer meal programs, helping establish emergency food sites, and working to provide food to the children through weekend programs. Vortman and the SNAP-Ed Educator develop follow-up reports and implementation assistance of recommendations with community providers including schools, emergency food, and early childhood. Vortman coordinates special events and approved special projects as needed to maintain partnerships and further the impact and presence of SNAP-Ed in the Unit.
Vortman graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.
She joined Extension as a Community Worker in 2015 teaching nutrition where she served for 3 years. She is presently a Program Coordinator with University of Illinois Extension serving Calhoun, Cass, Greene, Morgan and Scott Counties.
Included among her awards and recognition: Rookie of the Year 2016