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 and counselor, adjunct professor, professional development provider, and lay worship service provider for UU congregations. She provides two of her services, "Sexuality Through a UU Lens" and "Stop Talking; Start Listening" (about the UU Trauma Response Ministry) to UU congregations at no charge.
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 has three adult daughters and a blue heeler mix named Bella, who 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, Melanie wrote a sermon titled "Driving Toward the Tornado" because they did that, and they lived to tell the tale.