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Above & Beyond: Mel Relich


Mel Relich is a server at Egypt Valley. Learn how Mel starts her day with movement and a focused mindset, and what she likes to do for fun when she's not at EVCC.

What brought you to EVCC and what keeps you here?

I am lucky to have grown up in the area and was familiar with EVCC prior to my employment. I worked as a server in 1997 and came back in 2016 because of a job change. I have always loved serving others, whether it is a classroom of kids, or the families here at EVCC. I appreciate each and every member of this amazing club that continues to bless me with their smiles, gifts and grace.  

How do you like to start and end your workday?

I enjoy starting my workday with a two to three mile run before my shift and a Starbucks Iced Green Tea (unsweetened/no water), if I feel like a special treat. I work hard to be able to end each shift with the thought of, “Did I treat others the way I want to be treated?” Currently, I’m in the mindset to start/end each day and week by blessing someone. It could be as simple as telling someone a compliment or giving them a card with a personal message in it.

What do you like to do for fun when you aren’t at EVCC?

When I’m not at EVCC, I enjoy spending time with my family—husband Tim; daughter Aavra, 13; son Noah, 9; and Ricky, our 6-month-old black lab. We all are avid skiers (downhill) and racers. This past winter, I completed my 20th year in the adult race league at Cannonsburg Ski Hill and finished the season 3rd overall! I also enjoy golfing here at EVCC, when I have the opportunity, as well as at Crystal Mountain.  We enjoy traveling as a family and look forward to an East Coast trip this summer, with plans to visit some sites in the West next year.  

If you could go back in time 10 years and tell yourself something, what would you say?

Ten years ago would have me as a late teenager (wink wink), so there’s certainly a lot I would have to say to myself: Have no regrets, nothing is more important than a healthy relationship—not goals, not successes, nothing. Relationships are where we get to influence, impact, and change people’s lives. My life and your life cannot be meaningful without them. We all have a purpose here on earth. I want to influence others with my time moving forward.  

What’s your favorite dish on the menu at EVCC?

My favorite dish on the menu is our Buddha Bowl (hold the mushrooms). I appreciate the way the diverse flavors work in a synergistic way to combine the sweet salty elements. Hats off to the culinary staff for their creation! Occasionally, I’ll add salmon when I’m craving some protein.

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