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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.


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, Tennessee, 1984-1987;speech/language pathologist, Putnam County Schools, Cookeville, Tennessee, 1990-1998;clinical supervisor, University of Texas Knoxville, since 1996. Assistant professor Middle Tennessee State University, since 1997.


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.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, hiking, camping, biking.


Married Douglas C. Wonder, November 27, 1982 (divorced 1990).