Melany J Silas is a native of Rochester, NY. Melany attended the University of Rochester, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Society and a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development. She later attended Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School, where she earned a Master of Divinity. Currently, Melany is a Doctoral Candidate at Syracuse University in Counselor Education and Supervision PhD program, where her area of interest is: Black Women’s Mental Health and Self-Care Practices.
Melany was the first African American hired within her department at Monroe Community College and is currently a tenured Full Professor in the Health and Physical Education Department, in the Health Studies Program, where she teaches courses surrounding health and counseling. She is an active member of many professional organizations and is the Immediate Past President of the Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Additionally, Melany is an Associate Minister at St. Luke Tabernacle Community Church serving in the Women’s and Dance Ministries. Melany is an author has served a number of organizations and institutions locally and nationally by facilitating seminars and workshops. She is a highly sought after keynote speaker, speaking on a number of topics such as: Faith, Spirituality, Healing, Women and Girls Empowerment, and so much more.
Melany is the Founder and CEO of MJS Productions, LLC, a production company committed to producing original pieces of work on the theatrical stage as well as hosting renowned guest to evoke a sense of community empowerment and healing. Since the inception of her production company in 2010 and her first stage play in 2011, Melany has written, directed, produced and served as songwriter for (17) seventeen productions and events: Black Girls' Anthem, Love's Journey, I AM: An Anthem for Every Woman; So I Press; In the Potters Hands; Sisters Do You Hear Me; Letters To Our Daughters; DLH (Douglass Leadership House: We've Come this Far By Faith); RIT Gospel Fest: Intentional Worship; Diversity and Empowerment Summit with Sheryl Lee Ralph, The Masterpiece with international Emmy Award winning opera singer Claron McFadden; For Such A Time as This, Women and Girls Empowerment with Keynote Cynthia Bailey; Community Empowerment: Buying Black with Keynote Maggie Anderson, An Evening of Empowerment with Keynote Mathew Knowles, and her most recent sell out event: An Evening of Empowerment with legend Angela Davis.
Melany has been recognized by a variety of magazines and newspapers as she was featured as a “Woman to Watch,” in the Democrat and Chronicle, an inspiring woman in About Time Magazine, an aspiring artist in Open Mic Magazine, and was selected as one of four women as the “2012 Woman of the Year,” by the Black Heritage Commission founded by the City of Rochester, has been nominated as Artist of the year in 2013, was honored as the 2014 Inspiring Woman of the Year by Breakthru Magazine, received the Artist Award by the LINKS, Rochester Chapter in 2015, received the Sisterhood Award in 2017 by Zeta Phi Beta, Psi Omega Zeta Chapter and she is the 2017 and 2018 recipient of the Chapter Service Award, an honor from her Sorors of the Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Although Melany has many accomplishments, her most treasured roles are that as a mother to her daughter, Nyah Anita, and as a family member and sister to her closest family and friends.