CODA leader takes step in new human relations role

CODA, or the Council on Domestic Abuse, plays a major role in our community.

Posted: Dec 8, 2017 6:48 PM

Terre Haute, Ind. (WTHI) - CODA, or the Council on Domestic Abuse, plays a major role in our community.

Melissa Reed has been leading CODA for awhile now, but she will soon take a step in a new direction.

Reed has acted as the legal services director and prevention team leader for the past two years.

While at CODA, she went from being an intern to the director in just six months.

Now, she will be taking on a broader scope as director of the Terre Haute Relations Commission.

"The mission statement is to value diversity and to promote harmoney, and so that's preventing discrimination," said Reed.

The position opened after being filled by Jeff Lorick for over ten years.

The commission is part of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

They want to make a difference in the community by stopping discrimination.

"We discriminate for so many reasons... socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, political views," said Reed.

Reed says she's extremely excited for the new role. She will be able to lead the community in many different ways.

"I'm really excited to get started though. I want to just get thrown into my new role and start doing things," said Reed.

Reed is a single mom to her 16-year-old daughter. She says this means the world to be a role model to her daughter.

"It's been really cool that I get to do this, and she gets to see that and I get to model this for her," said Reed.

It's a once in a lifetime experience that she's grateful for.

"What a wonderful opportunity that somebody has to be able to ensure that every body's human rights are being met. and that every body is valued," said Reed.

Reed will start her new position on January 2 of 2018.

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