Melanie O. Matson, Ed.D., RYT, TCTSY-F

My experiencing and witnessing systemic inequities drive my commitment to anti-oppression and liberation work. I believe in the transformative power of communities coming together in the service of work that holds space with one another, reduces harm, creates material change, and fosters individual and collective liberation for people on the margins. I have been an advocate and prevention educator for over 15 years. I enjoy exploring, learning, reading, being in nature, walking with my dog Truman, and facilitating trauma-informed yoga. One of my favorite quotes is, “If you have come to help me you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together” (Aboriginal Activists Group, Queensland, 1970’s).


Truman, a beagle and certified therapy dog for Healing & Advocacy

Truman is the friendly beagle with Healing & Advocacy. 

  • Birthday: May 8, 2015
  • Likes: visiting with people, long walks, naps in the sun, sniffing for rabbits, and peanut butter treats.
  • Truman and Melanie are a certified therapy dog team. 
  • “Dogs: It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them” (John Grogan, author of Marley & Me)
  • Instagram: @trumantales