Melissa Simpson Klink
Pronouns
She/Her
Year
2021
Chapter
Position
Administration Director, The Virtue Center
Melissa Simpson Klink is a passionate non-profit executive, with a focus in equitable mental health treatment for every Oklahoman and criminal justice reform. Melissa has dedicated the last five years of her career to The Virtue Center, a place of help and hope for people facing addiction and mental health challenges. Her executive role includes marketing, strategic planning, operational management, fundraising and development, human resources, education and outreach, and customer relations. Her favorite workdays all have one aspect in common: when she can directly or indirectly connect individuals and families with life-saving addiction treatment services. One of Melissa’s personal values is philanthropy, which is displayed in her volunteer work with Bridges and United Way of Norman, along with her willingness to lend a helping hand when needed to other non-profits in her community. Melissa has served on the United Way of Norman Day of Caring committee since 2016, including co-chairing the event in 2020. Melissa arrived in Oklahoma from the California Bay Area as a freshman student athlete at The University of Oklahoma in 2010. She immediately fell in love with the Norman Community and the Oklahoma spirit of giving. Upon graduation from The University of Oklahoma, Melissa made the decision to remain in Norman as a young professional and change maker. In her spare time, Melissa loves to explore Oklahoma State Parks with her husband Matt, read books (particularly about mental health), try out new recipes in the kitchen, cheer on the Oklahoma City Thunder, enjoy live music, and dote on her three fur-babies.