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Melissa Elmira Yingst is a dedicated professional with a passion for unearthing hidden narratives and promoting social awareness, particularly in relation to feminist causes. Her commitment to fostering deep connections with others began during her childhood in Southern California and has since grown into a career marked by a profound dedication to community engagement.

After earning her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University and her Master's degree in Social Work from Arizona State University, Melissa has held a variety of roles in the social work and counseling fields. She has worked as a social worker and school counselor in both New York City and Phoenix, while teaching ASL at CSUN.  Melissa currently works as Executive Vice President of Outreach &. Partnerships for VSYN+, an online streaming platform for sign language entertainment.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Melissa is a passionate advocate for social justice and community empowerment. She is actively involved with Council de Manos, an organization dedicated to ending injustice within the Deaf Latinx community, as well as Signed by Stories, a mental health advocacy group. Her dedication to these causes is a reflection of her strong commitment to creating positive change in the world.

Melissa's passion for media is also evident in her work on her show, MELMIRA, where she fosters open and honest conversations around important social issues. Her show has garnered significant attention for its powerful impact on viewers and creating community dialogue. 

Currently based in New York City, Melissa is known for her signature red lipstick, which she wears as a symbol of her strength and commitment to making a difference. She is a dynamic force in the field of social work and counseling, and her unwavering dedication to promoting social justice is an inspiration to all who know her.

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