Micah Melnick is the founder and Executive Director of BigHouse. After starting BigHouse in 2009 while pursuing her undergraduate dual degree in Art and Human Development from the University of Alabama, she and her husband returned to their hometown of Opelika to serve the East Alabama Foster Care Community. Micah enjoys her work at BigHouse and connecting community resources the wonderful foster and adoptive families in this area.
Micah and her husband Blake have two children, Anderson and Maggie, and enjoy traveling, home renovation projects and spending time with their family and friends.
Tatum Black started serving BigHouse in January of 2017 as our Assistant Director. Born and raised in Opelika, Tatum first learned about BigHouse in high school and volunteered as a dance teacher for their after school program. Fast forward a few more years and she graduated from Troy University with a degree in Human Services in hopes of working in a non-profit ministry setting.
Tatum and her husband Will have loved being back in their hometown and serving the Foster and Adoptive community. They have loved being apart of the BigHouse team and can't wait to see how the Lord continues to bless BigHouse in the future!
spring 2018 interns
Hey BigHouse family! My name is Caitlin Steiner and I am a senior at Auburn University majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Middle Childhood and Adolescence. I am originally from Orlando, Florida. I love coffee, crafting, music, and spending time with my puppy.
I first heard about BigHouse my sophomore year when I needed to volunteer for one of my classes. My teacher recommended BigHouse and I have been volunteering ever since! I feel so blessed to be completing my internship at a place where everybody is passionate about helping and serving others.
After graduating I hope to work for a non-profit that serves children who are ill and their families. I believe my time at BigHouse will allow me the opportunity to understand how a non-profit operates on both a day-to-day and large scale. I am eager to learn more about non-profits and get to know the local foster families.
Hanna Baughn currently studies at Auburn University and is a Nashville native. She first learned about BigHouse through a dear friend and has loved it ever since. She has a passion for making people feel known and cared for, especially people who are from different parts of the world. Hanna also enjoys a good cup of coffee, painting, and the outdoors.
After graduating in May 2018 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, Hanna plans to pursue a graduate degree in School Counseling. She is excited about her time at BigHouse, and is hopeful that this opportunity to serve will allow her to understand how to meet the needs of foster and adoptive families through the love of Christ.