Melvina Smith is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She started working at The Ohio State University in 1979, where she worked eight years for Physical Facilities. She returned in 1998, working for Nationwide Childrens Hospital and Ohio State. In 2003, she worked for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (Office of Minority Affairs then). Melvina graduated from the Columbus Paraprofessional Institute in 1988 as a Microcomputer Specialist and completed the Ohio State STEP program (Supervisor Training to Enhance Performance). Currently she maintains the Bell Centers administrative and fiscal operations. Melvina received the Outstanding Staff Award from the College of Nursing in 2001. She has volunteered for United Way, Operation Feed, and Ohio State's Columbus Reads Program at East Linden Elementary School.