Melanie Heitkamp has been employed at Mountain Plains Youth Services/Youthworks, a private, non-profit agency serving at risk youth, since 1987. She has served as the Executive Director of the agency, with offices in Fargo and Bismarck, since 1997. She has a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of North Dakota and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of North Dakota. She has extensive experience in program development, fundraising, policy development, grant writing, board governance, and clinical supervision. She worked with the State Supreme Court to develop and implement the first Native American diversion program in the State, the “Youth Cultural Achievement Program.” This program was identified by Chief Justice VandeWalle as a model program in his State of the Judiciary address to the 2015 North Dakota legislature.
She completed the Impact Institutes, “Leadership Advanced North Dakota” training. She currently serves on the Federal Runaway Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center Advisory Board.