Melissa McAlpine is Executive Director of Get Healthy DeSoto, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. As Executive Director of GHD, Melissa is also responsible for operation of the De Soto Farmers’ Market.
Melissa has a Bachelor of Science in biology from Arkansas Tech University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has worked as a teacher, both for children and adult and has also spent time working for several nonprofit organizations in the area.
Melissa, her husband, and two daughters reside in DeSoto. Please feel free to contact her by email or phone: 314-471-3681.
Most of the work of Get Healthy DeSoto is done through the hard work of Melissa and a small army of volunteers. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please click here.
Cindy Valle is the Market Manager for De Soto Farmers’ Market. She wrote the note below to our website visitors:
Hi, my name is Cindy Valle and I am proud to be part of Get Healthy DeSoto and work as the Market Manager for the De Soto Farmers’ Market. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where Farmers’ Markets flourished and I loved going to them. I served four years in the Air Force where I met my husband. I graduated from the University of Texas in Tyler Texas with a BBA in Accounting and I currently work full time in accounting. De Soto is my husband’s hometown and we moved back here in 1992. I have been married to a great guy for 41 years.
Get Healthy DeSoto is important to me because I believe if the people in the community have a healthy life style the community itself benefits and it is a better place to live. The Farmers’ Market is one way in which Get Healthy DeSoto has given the community the opportunity to have fresh, home grown produce available to them which helps in maintaining a healthy life style. The Farmers’ Market the last four years has been a place where the local vendors have come, not just sell their product but to be part of the experience of helping people have that healthy life style. We as a market have become a family and the market, for me, is the best place to be in De Soto on Saturday mornings. It is a wonderful atmosphere of a family gathering. There are very few places that can still offer that.
I hope you take the opportunity to visit the market on Saturdays and even perhaps become part of the experience by being a vendor or just volunteering to help. Here’s to a Healthy De Soto and to all the great people who make up the De Soto Farmers’ Market.
Please feel free to contact Cindy by email or phone (636-208-3391) if you have any questions.