Meet The Team

Melissa Valadez is a devoted wife and mother. Her wife and daughter bring meaning and drive to her life. This drive led Melissa to pursuing her master's degree in social work, which she received from Portland State University. Over the years, Melissa has worked in many social services roles. She has supported the disability community, has worked with individuals and families seeking a variety of social services and from a variety of backgrounds, supported individuals through treatment and served in many leadership roles. Most recently, Melissa has been spending her time developing the non-profit, Infinite Healing Solutions and is also the proud owner of Behavior & Mental Health Consultation of Oregon. She has written policies, obtained multiple certifications, networked extensively, conducted a community needs assessment, jumped through the bureaucracies and more, to provide central Oregon with an inclusive, respectful and open-minded mental health support and social services option. Melissa is Hispanic, bilingual and a part of the LQBTQ+ community. She understands firsthand the struggles of being a minority. She is the first in her family to attend college, let alone to obtain a master's degree. She knows what it takes to rise out of poverty and accomplish one's dreams. Her care to share that with the world, sets her apart as a strong yet humble leader. Melissa enjoys everything about her Mexican culture, where she was raised and graduated highschool at the Colegio De Bachilleres.The food, the music, the dancing and the fiestas all keep Melissa visiting her family in Mexico who support and adore her. Though she is kept very busy with her social services and social justice goals, Melissa makes time to enjoy life with her family. Cooking with her daughter, hiking with her dogs and taking her wife out to the movies are just a few ways she stays grounded and relaxes.

Shelia is an experienced Mental Health Therapist with strong therapeutic skills who has worked in collaborative settings providing coordinated care for individuals, families, and groups. After graduating from George Fox University in 2007 with a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Shelia took a job with the VA as a Combat Therapist working with Veterans and their family members for 4 years. Shelia had an opportunity to work in her local community and spent two more years working as a Trauma Therapist for the Warm Springs Community Counseling Center. In 2015 Shelia decided to return to college to pursue Children and Family Social Work and Social Justice graduating in 2017 with a Master of Social Work. Beginning in 2019, Shelia worked for the Morrison Child & Family Services for 15 months, until she became ill with Lyme Disease. Shelia is excited to return to work to help others find balance, hope, and self-empowerment as everyday stressors, trauma, and chronic illness continue to impact individuals and families mentally and physically. Shelia is married to her husband of 24 years. Shelia and her husband have raised 3 sons and a niece. They have 15 grandchildren with whom they love spending time. Shelia promotes healthy living, helping others, and advocating for equitable treatment and accessible services for all people. 

Aubrey Valadez is a proud mother and wife. Mother to one sweet daughter and to 3 naughty fur babies. Her wife of 17 years supports and encourages her to pursue her dreams and achieve great things. Aubrey obtained her bachelor's degree from Southern Oregon University in Early Childhood Development and has worked the last 15 years in the field of education, specializing in administration and finance. Aubrey has a passion for nature and loves spending her free time hiking and exploring the great outdoors. She is also passionate about human rights and is committed to doing her part to encourage peace, acceptance and freedom of expression, in all environments. Through speaking out for others, leading DEI teams and calling out prejudice and discriminations in the workplace, she continues to prove herself as devoted to inclusion and human happiness. She is also a strong advocate for therapy and mental health support. She speaks openly about her personal journey and encourages others to grow through self exploration. Her goals include; becoming fluent in Spanish, writing a novel and leaning into life.