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Meet Our Staff...

Melanie O'Neal, Executive Director


Melanie was appointed Executive Director of MHAJC in January, 2018. She previously worked in the judicial system for 10 years. Melanie is married to Jason. They have four children, Elizabeth, Jenna, Josh, and Jorja.  Melanie is a member at Seymour Christian Church. She serves on the Jackson County Drug Free Council, Jackson County Community Service Council, Jackson County Transition Council, and on the MHAJC Suicide Prevention Awareness Coalition.  Melanie is also employed by The Arc of Jackson County.

Contact Info:  mhajc@cabjackson.org     (812) 522-3480

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Donna Persinger, Program Facilitator


Donna was assigned Program Facilitator of MHAJC in July of 2021.She has worked as a sales representative for more than 10 years. Donna is married to Dave, and has a daughter Carlee, and a son David. Donna and her family have been members of Seymour Christian Church since 1998. Donna was hired to promote the “I’m Thumbody Special” program to Jackson County preschoolers. She is also involved with Hope Squad and Crisis Intervention Team. She is excited about her new position and promoting awareness of mental health in the community. 

Contact info:

mhajcstaff@gmail.com    (812) 522-3480

WBL Interns and Former Staff

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Veira-Lyn Robbins, Intern

Veira-Lyn was appointed as a Work-Based Learning Intern in August of 2021. She is currently a senior in High School and plans to attend college and study Psychology and Criminology once she graduates. She feels grateful for being able to provide a helping hand to her community and being able to understand the problems surrounding her community. 


August Hunt, Intern

August served as our intern from September 2020 to May 2021. She is a senior at Seymour  Senior High School. August plans on pursuing a degree in the mental health field.  She feels grateful for being able to experience firsthand the importance of mental health providers and the issues surrounding our community. 

Sydney Appell, Intern/
Crisis Intervention Training Facilitator 

Sydney began working in June of 2021 as an intern, as well as coordinating the Crisis Intervention Team Training for Jackson County. She is currently a college student at Kentucky Wesleyan College, and plans to graduate in December of 2021 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Sydney is currently working to organize and conduct a Crisis Intervention Team Training for the first responders and advocates in the community on mental health and how to navigate crisis situations. 
Contact Info: mhajcintern@gmail.com               (731) 426 5708 



Emilee East, Volunteer

Emilee East has volunteered with The Arc of Jackson County since 2019 and was recipient of Outstanding High School Senior in September 2021.  Emilee has performed a variety of tasks including website development, processing memberships, shopping for and assembling gifts for clients and caregivers, and numerous administrative duties.  Emilee is a great addition to our organization.