Melissa-Kim Tom CPS

Deputy Director of Training, Technical Assistance and Outreach

In October 2017, Melissa-Kim Tom assumed the role of Deputy Director of Training, Coalition Development Technical Assistance and Outreach of CADCA’s National Coalition Institute.  Previously, she served as the Senior Training Manager and Training Operations Support Manager for CADCA.  In her latest role, Melissa is responsible for leading her team to provide and support intensive, comprehensive training and coalition development assistance to coalition leaders and coalition teams, with emphasis on outreach and the development of coalitions serving economically disadvantaged areas.  In addition, she works with her team and with experts on community organization, coalition building, and resource development to provide coalition leaders the tools to achieve success and determine the best ways for providing training, coalition development technical assistance and outreach.  Melissa helps to provide cultural perspective, training and guidance to coalitions through her own experience of prevention and public health work with Asian and Pacific Islanders and coalitions on the island of Hawaii.

Prior to becoming part of the CADCA team, Melissa spent more than a decade as a prevention leader working at the Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii (CDFH). As a program manager, she provided administration of grants and supervision of staff to ensure high quality compliant services, development of culturally competent curricula and direct services with a focus on gender-specific programming for girls and nationally recognized evidence-based models focused on family strengthening and HIV and suicide prevention. Melissa spearheaded the mobilization of many statewide and community coalition efforts and initiatives including multiple Drug-Free Communities coalitions, Hawaii Girls Project – a statewide network of agencies providing services for girls and women and Hawaii Community Coalitions - a statewide network of coalition leaders. She has also provided presentations and trainings, served on multiple panels and task forces and facilitated groups and discussions, both statewide and nationally. In addition to this, she assisted with the creation and upkeep of websites and social media pages which led her to working as a Communications and Social Media Campaign Consultant after leaving CDFH. Melissa became part of the first class in Hawaii to become a Certified Prevention Specialist and Internationally Certified. This demonstrates her passion for the prevention field and skills for conducting effective and culturally relevant prevention programs and initiatives while building drug-free community coalitions using a grassroots approach.

Melissa was born and raised as island girl in Long Island, New York and in Hawaii before coming to Washington DC. She feels fortunate to have lived, worked and learned from some of the best cultural mixing pots. In her spare time, she enjoys connecting and laughing with family and friends, travelling and exploring, and anything to do with music, arts, food and sports.