Melinda has over 35 years of training in Dragon Cobra Te and various styles of martial arts. She began her martial arts training as a 14 year old teenager. Her father thought that she needed to learn self defense and enrolled her in Russell Miller’s Karate class. Sensei Miller had to stop teaching, and encouraged her to go to his Sensei’s class. So she began her lifelong love of martial arts in Master William Mason’s dojo and style Dragon Cobra Te. At the age of eighteen, she earned her first degree black belt from Master Mason.
She is also a 2nd degree black belt in Shorin ryu with Master Roger Overholt.
Melinda began her educational career in 1989. She is proud to be a Union Heights Elementary Kindergarten teacher.
She is married to Phillip Reese and has a 20 year old son Johnathan.