Pedro Melendez has a long history of helping people at various stages of their lives. Most recently he retired from his position as a Bi-lingual School Social Worker in the Department of Pupil Support Services of the Sarasota School Board. He worked for the past eleven years with students and their families, as well as administrators and faculty at various schools throughout the district, coordi-nating services and providing mentoring and counseling assistance. Previously, in Pinellas County, he worked with the Pinellas School District as a social worker in their
Teen Parent Program.
Before moving to Florida he worked for seven years in the New York City Board of Education’s school-based SPARK Drug Prevention Program. His background also includes work as a counselor and director of Employee Assistance Programs for a variety of institutions including American Express Company, Metropolitan Hospital, and Interfaith Medical Center. At Interfaith Medical Center he served as assistant director of their Psychiatric Mobile Crisis Team.
Born in Puerto Rico, Mr. Melendez moved to the Bronx, New York as a child. He attended Aviation High School, Academy of Aeronautics (AAS, Aircraft Design), Imma-culate Conception College (BA, Philosophy), St. John Seminary College (MA, Divinity), Seattle University (MA, Ministry/Counseling), New York University (MSW, Clinical Social Work), and studied art at the Art Students League of New York. He has also become a licensed private pilot and a licensed captain and sailing instructor, though no longer active. He still enjoys sailing throughout Sarasota Bay, flying radio-controlled airplanes and painting.