Melanie Vadzemnieks is new to the Embracing the Journey team and serves as the Director of Operations and Client Experience. She lives in northwestern Pennsylvania with her two daughters and three dogs. Her husband lives close by in a nursing home where he has been a resident for a number of years due to a traumatic brain injury. Melanie's oldest daughter is a transgender young adult woman and is thriving as her true self. Her younger daughter is in her final year of college and is gay. In her free time, Melanie enjoys kayaking, reading, cross-stitching, and being outdoors. Her favorite time of day is when she is sitting beside her husband or taking him on an outing. Melanie leads an ETJ Parent Care Group for parents of transgender children and feels privileged to be a part of Embracing the Journey. Getting connected to an ETJ support group was truly a game-changer when Melanie's older daughter came out as transgender. With no one to turn to, Embracing the Journey filled a gap in an abundant way.