Professor Melanee Wigton Sinclair began teaching at Bethany in 2004. She earned her MSW from West Virginia University in 1989, and is a licensed social worker with experience in social work administration and child welfare. Prior to arriving at Bethany she worked as the Executive Director of The Children's Home of Wheeling. In 2000 she was awarded the Alliance for Children Leadership Award. She is a member of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Association and the National Association of Social Workers.
Professor Sinclair is a native of rural western Pennsylvania and lives in Wheeling with her husband, two Saint Bernard dogs, Mia and Moe, and a cat named Lance. She came to West Virginia to attend college and has never left. She has one son.
Professor Sinclair has many interests, including flower and herb gardens, cooking, bicycling, harvesting honey from her three hives, tying fishing flies, and snow activities. She plays in her church hand bell choir and is active in fundraising activities in the Wheeling community, where she has served as a sustaining member of the Ohio Valley Medical Center Auxiliary, past co-chair of the Ohio Valley Medical Center Holiday Gala, and committee member of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Steel Chef competition.
Professor Sinclair spent part of the summer of 2007 in Malawi, Africa, and continues to seek sources of sustainable income for the mission. She has also traveled to France, Switzerland, Italy, St. Thomas USVI, Grand Cayman, The Bahamas, Canada and every county in West Virginia.