Our Team

Lori S. Melman, Ph.D., LCSW-C


Founder of Family Learning Solutions, Inc. (1997)
Dr. Melman received her Master's in Social Work from New York University (1991), Ph.D. in Social Work from University of Maryland (1997).

Summary of Experience: Lori Melman, Ph.D., LCSW-C

Lori S. Melman, Ph.D., LCSW-C, founder of Family Learning Solutions, Inc. (FLS), is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Maryland with over 20 years of experience in administrative, clinical social work, community grassroots organizing and non-profit management. In the beginning of her career, Dr. Melman was awarded the Nancy Dworkin
Award for Outstanding Service to Youth for her innovative non-profit work: dedication to service on behalf of children. As Founder and Executive Director of FLS, Inc., Dr. Melman utilizes a strength-based approach to implement community-based academic, mental health and social/life skills after-school and in-school programming for at-promise youth. The non- profit’s mission is to nurture academic and social potential among future first generation college students and youth affected by adverse life experiences. Programming offers opportunities for students to utilize their strengths, identify life goals and reach toward actualizing their positive dreams. Importantly, programming aims to affect the entire classroom, placing student interns directly in classrooms with students in need of extra support.

Dedicated to helping children and families who would not otherwise receive services, Dr. Melman raised funds from federal, state and local government and private foundations. Under Dr. Melman’s leadership, FLS has been selected as a site for three national grants: U.S. Department of Education, Mentoring Grant, AmeriCorps-Digital Divide and PowerUP
Computer Lab and numerous county and private foundation grants. County and city government officials have funded FLS as it is committed long-term to youth who have experienced adverse life circumstances.

Dr. Melman operated a neighborhood-based comprehensive youth development program in Montgomery County for nine years and forged many partnerships – specifically, with George Washington University Psy.D. program – creating a satellite clinical counseling center for youth in an affordable housing community that was in desperate need for social
services. In 2006, Dr. Melman served as an AmeriCorps Member for Volunteer Maryland! She created a Saturday Mentoring and Tutoring Program for a MCPS middle school. From 2007-to current, Dr. Melman designs interventions to affect classroom climate, student grades, social-emotional skill literacy. Interventions include: in-class student mentors, in-school and after-school group mentoring, college exploration and summer programming. Dr. Melman created a document to capture student goals and progress.

Dr. Melman is a graduate of the 2001 class of IMPACT Silver Spring. From 1998-2002, she completed a certificate course in child/adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy and participated in a pilot Research Course Program at the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. In 1997, she graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore with a Ph.D. in Social Work and in 1991, earned a Master’s of Social Work degree from New York University. Dr. Melman graduated from Ramapo College in 1989 with a double major in Social Work and Sociology.

Private Foundation Support since 1997 includes: Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Agnes Meyer Foundation;

County Government Support since 1997 includes: Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (Under 21 Substance Abuse Prevention Grants, Community Collaboration Grants; Montgomery Department of Housing and Community Development (CDBG) Grants; Montgomery County Public Schools;

Maryland State Government Support since 1997 includes: Maryland State Department of Juvenile Justice; Governors's Crime Prevention; and

Private donations and Partnerships with the Silver Spring YMCA; Imagination Stage and many others.

Federal Grant Competitions Awarded to FLS include:

AMERICORPS*Digital Divide (2001-2004)


US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Mentoring Program (2002-2005)