Anita Melbo is the mother of four grown children. A graduate of Portland State University, she has many years of experience working at a variety of paid and volunteer positions. Past employment includes office and sales positions with small businesses as well as self- employment jobs that include pet sitting, house sitting, cleaning, interior painting and organizing. Anita has volunteered in schools, for political campaigns, environmental causes and cancer organizations. She served fifteen years as a group leader for La Leche League International, five of those years as Area Coordinator for Oregon and Idaho. For much of the last 14 years Anita has lived aboard and traveled about the world by sailboat, becoming proficient at living in a small space while learning about different cultures.
As one of the two partners in Help On the Way Barbara Turpen brings to the team more than twenty years of management skills developed in a local architectural firm in Portland, Oregon. Among the many hats worn during this time include strategic planning, marketing development, human resources and office management. As a professional associate in the firm Barbara also volunteered in several non-profit agencies fundraising including Oregon Korean War memorial development at Willamette National Cemetery, Fruit and Flower Child Care Center play structure auction and Columbia Corridor Association annual golf tournaments. For the past several years she and her husband have been sailing the Pacific Northwest, south to Baja California and mainland Mexico. Assisting her parents through the difficulties of cancer treatment has changed her course in life and now is focusing her skills on helping others.