Melanie Gideon joined the Sound Body Sound Mind team in 2015 and was integral in spearheading the partnership between UCLA Health and the Sound Body Sound Mind Foundation.
With a lifelong interest in health and well-being, Melanie's passion to improve the lives of youth and adolescents has come full circle in her role with UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind. Her experience in public health and prevention coupled with her in-depth understanding of disordered eating and obesity has driven her desire to help make an impact on youth who are at a particularly impressionable age.
Melanie graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2004. She attained a bachelor’s degree in Biology with Pre-Medical and Pre-Optometric concentrations as well as a double-minor in Psychology and Public Health. During her time at Indiana, she co-founded the Student Health OUTreach (SHOUT), led the Public Relations arm of the Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC), and was the Director of Public Health Initiatives in Honduras and Ecuador for the Timmy Foundation Club. In 2008, Melanie graduated from the University of Michigan with a master's degree in Health Services Administration.
In addition to her role at UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind, Melanie is the Program Director for UCLA Operation Mend, a UCLA Health organization that provides severely injured current era military personnel and their families specialty medical care at UCLA Health at no cost.
In addition to photography and jewelry making, Melanie enjoys skiing and biking in her free time.
Matt joined the UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind team in September 2015. Since joining the team, Matt has been focused on assessing and reengaging the staff and fitness centers in all of UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind's LAUSD schools. Prior to working at UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind, Matt was a frontline development officer for UCLA’s Parent Philanthropy and Engagement Program.
Originally from Yorba Linda in Orange County, CA, Matt graduated from UCLA with a double major in Geography/Environmental Studies and History. As a student, he worked at the student gym on campus, spent summers working in Lake Arrowhead as a UCLA camp counselor, and sang in an a cappella group.
Matt spent his childhood visiting national parks across the Unites States and still maintains that passion for exploring the outdoors today, whether it is hiking, camping, or traveling.
Kayla joined Sound Body Sound Mind in July 2016. Since then, Kayla has concentrated on grant research, fitness and nutrition curriculum design, and community health outreach. Before coming to Sound Body Sound Mind, Kayla worked as a Program Director at the YMCA of San Diego County overseeing the gymnastics, dance, and karate programs.
Kayla attended Chapman University in Orange County receiving her M.S in Health and Strategic Communication and B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Kinesiology. Throughout school Kayla coached competitive gymnastics and still coaches in her free time.
Kayla spends as much time possible outside hiking, running, biking, and traveling any chance she gets.
Amanda joined the UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind team in December of 2016. As the Program Coordinator, she administers Sound Body Sound Mind grants and fosters relationships with current and future Sound Body Sound Mind fitness center recipients. Prior to joining the UCLA team, Amanda was the Southern California Education Outreach Coordinator for Impact Teen Drivers – a program that educates teens on the dangers of reckless and distracted driving.
A Southern California native, Amanda received her B.A. from UCLA in Geography and Environmental Studies. She then moved to New Orleans where she obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University.
Taking full advantage of the Southern California weather, Amanda loves to hike, swim, and rock climb.