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Melinda Russell - Founder

Grew up on a farm in West Central Illinois. Got married in 1976 and had 4 children. Mother to adult children, Brandy (Bob) Snyder; Ben Beeler (deceased in 2018); Brittany (Jon) Huizinga; and Breanne (Justin Hartman) Nardecchia.

Mamaw to 14 grandchildren, Andrew, Braelynn, Brian, Makena, Madison, Bryce, Zander, Maecyn, Easton, Jaxon, Aly, Allanah, Finley, and new grandson Huxton due in October 2020.

Some interesting things you may not know about Melinda:

Learned how to take off and land a Cessna 182 airplane when she was 16 years old. Coached cheerleading for 10 years. Coached YMCA girls basketball, and softball. Sports Booster President, yearbook sponsor, and did lots of volunteering at school.

Owned a ceramics business for 10 years. Owned a bookkeeping and tax service for 10 years.

Moved to Michigan in 1999.Married to Mark Russell since 2004. Worked as an office manager and financial analyst for 14 years. Has been an affiliate with SendOutCards since 2008. Founded the International Women’s Motorsports Association in 2017.

Melinda and Mark plan to downsize their current home and spend their winters in AZ with their daughters and families, and travel to races all across the country.