Melanie J. Davis is the UUA's OWL Program Manager and is an all-levels Our Whole Lives trainer. She is the author of Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Older Adults and Sexuality and Our Faith: Companion to Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9, 2nd ed. She was the developmental editor for several other editions in the series.
About her work with the UUA Melanie says, "I was dedicated UU [Unitarian Universalist] as an infant, and since then UUism [Unitarian Universalism] has been part of my identity. Managing the OWL program lets me serve my faith community in a way that is meaningful to me and life enhancing—sometimes life saving—for countless others. It's a huge responsibility and honor to do this work."
Outside of the UUA, Melanie is an author, sexuality education consultant, adjunct professor, professional development provider, and lay worship service provider for UU congregations. She holds national certifications in sexuality counseling, sexuality education, and sexuality educator supervision from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. She has a B.A. in mass communications and a minor in women’s studies from California State University, Hayward, in addition to an M.Ed. and PhD in human sexuality education from Widener University. She is a founding member and co-president of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University.
She is Mom to three adult daughters and two dogs, one of which, Bella, accompanied Melanie on a 14-week sabbatical road trip around the US in the spring and summer of 2019. As a result of the trip, she wrote a children's story titled "Bella the Brave" and a sermon titled, "Driving Toward the Tornado." Because they did that and survived to tell the tale.