Malinda joined Expanding Lives in June 2016. Since then, she has helped plan and run the week-long retreat that scholars complete when they first arrive in the United States. Her favorite part about retreat is seeing the young women become more confident and connected as they participate in team-building activities. Malinda has a Master’s degree in special education and loves working with students with behavior disorders. She is a former AmeriCorps volunteer, taught in Micronesia for a year through World Teach, and loves to travel.