In 2003, Melissa Lukin brought 20 years of experience in the nonprofit arena to implement the merger of two domestic violence agencies, Sor Juana Ines and the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention. The combined agency, CORA, provides the following services to the community: 24-hour hotline, 24-hour collaboration with law enforcement, shelter and transitional housing, clinical counseling, support groups, outreach and education, a 24-hour legal line and legal assistance with restraining orders, simple child custody cases and court representation.
Prior to her current position, Lukin oversaw BoardNet, a program of the Volunteer Center of San Mateo County that provides consulting and training to nonprofit boards of directors. During her four year tenure, she and her team of consultants designed and conducted workshops and facilitated board retreats for nonprofit agencies on a variety of governance related topics. Lukin spent a decade designing and facilitating adventure-based team building and leadership development programs for public and nonprofit agencies nationwide, along with running programs for the youth. She has a six year old daughter named Karla and a dog named Nikki. Lukin also speaks Spanish.