Melissa Hall Sommer is currently the Senior Director of Family Economic Success at Brighton Center in northern Kentucky. Her career at Brighton Center began in 1989. During my tenure at the Center she has had the opportunity to lead program efforts in the areas of Workforce Development, Early Childhood Education, and Family Development. This has included the development and/or implementation of best practice models such as the Center for Employment Training, Family Development, Every Child Succeeds, as well as the Financial Opportunity Center model. Ms. Sommer has strived to create a service continuum for families that builds on strengths and offers a pathway out of poverty in order for them to reach their hopes and dreams. Her educational background includes a degree in Integrated Studies from Northern Kentucky University with concentrations in Leadership and Human Services, as well as being a credentialed trainer of Family Development. In 2014, she was honored to represent Brighton Center as one of 10 agencies to present at the White House as a part of the Social Innovation Fund’s, What Works Showcase.