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Former Secret Service Agent to Speak at Happy Hour Politics

Carlsbad CA— Happy Hour Politics is pleased to host our very own President, Melanie Burkholder, as the featured speaker at the Wednesday, March 16th meeting. Her topic – “On the Campaign Trail … as a Secret Service Agent!” So very timely for HHP as we press forward in this turbulent 2016 campaign season!

Melanie served for six year as a Special Agent (SA) in the Department of Homeland Security with the United States Secret Service. Her duties included protection details for the President, Vice-President, and many foreign dignitaries. As an investigator of Identity Theft, Fraud, Money Laundering, Bank Fraud and Counterfeit in the Los Angeles Field Office, SA Burkholder was an integral part of an investigation into an international identity theft organization based in Nigeria.

Prior to her Government service, Melanie graduated from the University of Memphis with a Masters in Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research, and worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tennessee. She is currently licensed in the state of California, is earning a PhD in Christian Counseling, and works as an independent practitioner in Carlsbad.

In the community, Melanie is a major contributor at her church, volunteers regularly at her children’s’ school, and works with other local charitable organizations. She is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Kathy’s Legacy Foundation 2016 Gala. Melanie is also an avid athlete, married to Shawn, and the mother of two young sons, Cache and Cheney.

The Happy Hour Politics events are held the third Wednesday each month from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The Crossings, 5800 The Crossings Dr, Carlsbad. There is a $20 cash cover charge (includes appetizers). Drinks are available for purchase.

For more information, email hhpcbad@gmail.com. Check us out on Facebook as Happy Hour Politics, or follow us on Twitter @hhpcbad. RSVP by Wednesday, March 9th.