Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez is a social worker, writer, educator, and advocate. She graduated with undergraduate degrees in Psychology & Social Behavior and Sociology from the University of California, Irvine and received a Masters in Social Work with a health care concentration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Melissa worked in oncology, hospice, and prenatal health eduction before transitioning into development and donor relations for Jewish non-profits, all the while exploring her passion for writing and social media. She spent two years living and learning in Jerusalem, one year each at Midreshet Nishmat and Machon Pardes, where she focused on gemara and halacha. While at Pardes she had the opportunity to facilitate a weekly chabura on women and halacha, co-found a monthly women’s shacharit, and to learn with a Yoetzet Halacha for independent Kallah teacher training.
It is Melissa’s dream to combine her personal and professional experiences to help women understand the fascinating and complex intersection of health and halacha, and to work with individuals facing the difficulties of grief and loss.