Changing Lives Together

Q&A with Melissa Dasch, MA, CPRP

What is your job at Sheppard Pratt?

I am the division director of Rehabilitation and Recovery in Washington County, and I oversee Sheppard Pratt’s Residential Rehabilitation Program, Supported Living Program, Healthy Transitions Initiative, Day Programs, Community Employment Program, Assertive Community Treatment, and Mobile Crisis Programs.

How long have you worked at Sheppard Pratt?

I’ve been here for 18 years after starting as an intern in 2003. Throughout my time at Sheppard Pratt, I have worked as a facilitator in a residential program, medication coordinator, program supervisor for residential services, manager of the Day Program in Frederick County, and most recently, division director in Washington County.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I collaborate with the leaders of our many programs and interact with our community partners to promote the great work our organization and staff do for our community.

What do you enjoy most about working at Sheppard Pratt?

I love how we can be part of something so much bigger than ourselves. Being able to watch our clients reach their goals, help staff gain skills and grow into new positions, and influence how the community views those we serve is a true blessing.

What advice do you have for your clients?

My best advice is to figure out what fills your bucket. When we know what motivates us, we can create patterns that help us achieve our goals.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy spending time with my three kids—they keep me very busy! I also love working out, dancing, singing, and being part of my community.

What is something you have done outside of work that you are proud of?

I ran a half-marathon called “The Run to Read Half Marathon” in Fairmont, WV.

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled?

Switzerland. Its beauty is breathtaking and unlike anything I have ever seen.

What would you title the autobiography of your life?

“The Overthinker’s Guide to Joy.”

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet and why?

Janet Jackson. She taught 7-year-old me how to love the world with an open mind and how to be a little bit sassy, too!

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