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Over 50% of students who will enroll in college next fall are female. That means there is a tremendous need for called and qualified women to serve on our staff teams.  The goal of Alongside Women, Inc. is to equip and encourage the women who serve on staff with various campus ministries, and help enlist the next generation of staff women.

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Melody Richeson

Melody Richeson is the Executive Director of AlongsideWomen, Inc., a ministry she founded in order to help raise up the next generation of female ministry staff.  She graduated from New Mexico State University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has spent 25 years in collegiate ministry.  She has served on staff at Eastern New Mexico University, California State University –Chico, the University of Nebraska and with FOCUS International. Currently, Melody resides in Manhattan, Kansas.  

Melody is a tennis fan and when she can, she plans her schedule around Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. She loves spontaneity. One of her favorite things is when people show up at her front door unexpectedly! She has a dog, Gracie, who takes her for regular walks. She enjoys a good cup of coffee with a lot of cream, loves green chile enchiladas, and always has a book in progress.  Melody is single. She desires to live life fully as a single person today (while still keeping an eye out for the possibility of meeting some fine fellow in the future!) 

Favorite quote:  

“Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your life.”

Alexander MacLaren



Alongside Women, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.   It is funded solely through the contributions of individuals, churches, and other organizations who believe in collegiate ministry, and are eager to have a role in equipping the next generation of staff.   

If you would like to make a donation, checks should be made payable to Alongside Women, Inc.       

Please mail gifts to the following address: 

PO Box 295  |  Manhattan, KS 66505

All gifts are tax-deductible.