Melody York Zuniga began in June 2009 as the Director of Baccalaureate Field Education for the School of Social Work and is now the Director of Field Education Generalist Practice. She has served as an adjunct faculty member since January of 2007. Before joining the School of Social Work full time, she worked for the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children in Waco. She began her work there in the roles of Victim Services Specialist and Counselor for the Advocacy Center's rural offices, serving the children, youth, adults, and families that worked or were working through experiences of sexual assault and other forms of violence. Most recently, she worked for the Advocacy Center as the Forensic Interviewer, conducting developmentally appropriate and forensically sound interviews of children to gather details surrounding their alleged witness to or experience of abuse and other crimes. She also worked closely with a multi-disciplinary team that included Child Protective Services, law enforcement agencies, and the District Attorney's Office to help ensure coordinated efforts in child abuse investigations.
She is married to Jose Zuniga and they have two children, a daughter Miriam (2005) and a son Diego Jahziel (2007) who they affectionately call 'Mimi' and 'Jahzy'.