Melanie “Mel” Nichols is well known in Evergreen because she aptly served as President of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce for five and a half years from 2005-2011. Melanie was well prepared on several different fronts for this demanding position focused on serving the business community.
She had previously been involved with the Chamber as a business owner and member, as a committee chair, board member, and as an employee of the Chamber focusing on developing memberships. She had also served as the general manager of what’s now known as the Evergreen Fitness Center when it belonged to a different owner and was very familiar with the unique issues facing Evergreen businesses. Melanie decided to consider the position as President of the Chamber because she felt she could approach it from a multiplicity of perspectives.
Melanie is well respected throughout the community for her hard work and determination to enhance the role of the Chamber, help local businesses, and broaden the Chamber’s efforts to contribute to the community.
After five and a half years at the helm, Mel felt it was time to turn the reins over to new ideas, fresh thinking and new leadership. She was always of the mind that it is beneficial for a local chamber to experience changes in leadership with new agendas and different styles. Besides, organizational leadership is only one of Mel’s interests and she was feeling the desire and some urgency to return to some of her earlier passions and to pursue new dreams.
Leaving the presidency of the Chamber has given Mel an opportunity to return to two deeply held interests. First, she has gotten re-involved in her work as an artist. She specializes in art productions with found objects. Her art work is dramatic, abstract, and expansive.
She has also returned to her interest and expertise in health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition. She has a new company which specializes in helping people with healthy aging and includes nutritional supplements and also skincare with a line of products called Nuskin. She particularly likes these products because they are backed by many years of scientific research.
Although her art and her anti-aging activities are keeping her very busy, Mel is also intricately involved in several nonprofits in the area. Currently, she is president of Leadership Evergreen and she has also worked with the Evergreen Protection League helping homeless animals. Right now her specific interest is in serving as a foster parent for the Rocky Mountain Yorky Association. She brings Yorkshire terriers into her home that have been neglected or injured and takes care of them, bringing them back to health with the help of local vets while working to find permanent homes for them. Mel has also just recently joined the Board of Directors of the Center for the Arts Evergreen.
Mel is married to Dan Nuchols, who works at the local post office, and describes him as her greatest support and particularly encouraging her in her artistic endeavors. In fact he was such a champion of her art work that he built her a studio to help facilitate her creative expression. Mel is an alive, energetic, soulful person who loves helping others and who is a great asset to our community.