About Melinda Kidder, Columbia Investigations Owner
Melinda is the owner and lead investigator of Columbia Investigations.
A graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Melinda holds a Bachelors Degree in the Administration of Justice, earning the Edward Tomich Memorial Award and Honors from Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society.
In addition, she
was one class short of a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and plans to continue Graduate coursework in Psychology and Law.
Prior to opening her own firm in Columbia, Missouri, Melinda worked as a public safety officer on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri, as a Loss Prevention Detective for a major department store (before being recruited into Human Resources & Customer Service Management) and as a Private Detective under another agency's license.
However, her prior volunteer work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian ad Litem in the Jackson County Family Court, working with a team to help child victims of abuse was the most rewarding work of all.
Both Melinda and her
agency have been sought after for print and radio interviews on topics ranging from child trafficking to targeted individuals.
has also guest lectured at the University of Missouri - Columbia
(MU) on the topic of privacy laws as it relates to private investigations and journalists.
Melinda lives with her
family in a quiet country setting enjoying the peaceful surroundings.
A fourth degree black belt master instructor, she
also utilizes this country acreage as the setting for her
martial arts classes.
school to a charitable organization in 2007 in order to do more good for the local and global communities through martial arts & safety mentorship and leadership training.
believes that communication, balance and integrity should be the building blocks of a successful life and overcoming obstacles.
A powerful communicator, she
intelligence, experience and ingenuity to assist others in achieving their own successes and quests for truth.
Columbia Investigations owner, Melinda Kidder, currently holds the N.R.E.P. specialized certification of CESCO (Certified Environmental Safety & Compliance Officer) and Former NREP SCADA Committee Member until the committee's end date.
Columbia Investigations owner, Melinda Kidder, is an I.E.I.A. H-SCADA Bio-Energy Field Professional and the IEIA Fellow in Bio-Engineering, Advanced Materials, and Nanotechnology in Applied Science & Engineering