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Melinda Lou Richards

Melinda Lou Richards, American speech and language pathologist. Certified teacher, Tennessee.


  • Richards, Melinda Lou was born on August 11, 1952 in Covington, Tennessee, United States. Daughter of Clarence M. and Mary Lou (Johnston) Richards.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Music Education magna cum laude, Tennessee Technology University, 1974. Master of Music, University Tennessee, 1979. Postgraduate, Tennessee State University, 1992.

      Doctor of Philosophy, University Tennessee, 2001.


    • Assistant band directors, director orchestras Greeneville (Tennessee) City Schools, 1974—1977. Percussionist, assistant timpanist Knoxville (Tennessee) Symphony Orchestra, 1977—1979. Information systems manager Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, Algood, 1984—1987.

      Speech/language pathologist Putnam County Schools, Cookeville, 1990—1998. Clinical supervisor University Tennessee, Knoxville, 1996—1998. Assistant professor Middle Tennessee State University, since 1997.

    Major achievements

    • Certified teacher, Tennessee.


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Commander United States Air Force, 1979-1983. Member Tennessee Air National Guard, since 1984. Member of Council State Association President, Tennessee Speech-Hearing Association (co-chair public school ad-hoc committee, long range planning committee, president-elect 1996-1998, president since 1998, task force on paraprofls.), American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, Alpha Psi Omega, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.



    Tennis, hiking, camping, biking, golf.


    • Married Douglas C. Wonder, November 27, 1982 (divorced 1990).
    • father: Clarence M. Richards
    • mother: Mary Lou (Johnston) Richards
    • spouse: Douglas C. Wonder
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    Born August 11, 1952
    (age 65)