Women in Leadership Program Advisory Council Member Profile
CARE 1st Wellness & MedMark Treatment Centers
Areas of Expertise
Accomplished behavioral health director with more than 15 years of experience leading and directing programs in a diverse setting. Adept at cultivating and directing high-performing teams and developing constructive relationships with a wide range of comm
Melita is the owner of CARE 1st Wellness, providing behavioral health services to all ages. She is also the Treatment Center Director of MedMark Treatment Centers of Morgantown, WV where she oversees doctors and nurses providing medication assisted recovery while additional supports are provided by her counseling staff.
Melita's career started as an International Real Estate Brokerage owner until her desire to provide more for her community transformed into assisting individuals rebuilding their lives through mental health and addiction recovery efforts.
Dedication to volunteer her time to the community has built a successful path to nominations and appointments to serve as a member of GC Community Action board of directors, chairman of the GC Mental Health advisory committee, voting member on the National Council of Behavioral Health, and many other community related committees. She is a Master Presenter for Adverse Child Experiences and Advanced Practice presenter for the Centers for Mind-Body Medicine.
When needed, Melita has volunteered to coach children in many sports over the past 15 years. She will continue to implement her faith-based values to advocate for the members of her community.
Melita Friend, life long Garrett County Resident, is the daughter of Dale & Lisa Raley residing in Lynchburg, VA where Melita is an Alumni of Liberty University.
She resides in Southern Garrett County with her husband, Jamie Friend, a Veteran, and their children; Ainsley, Lincoln, Quintin, and their oldest daughter Makaily and husband Jake Stahl. The family is anticipating their first grandbaby blessing this September. The Friend family has opened their home and hearts to foster care children in need since February 2019 and has had a set of 3 loving boys for the last year.