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Mel Tobias

Executive MBA ‘24 
Class Year:
Director, Epic Applications - Ambulatory, Beacon, Connect, Link, Social Care, & Willow Ambulatory, Trinity Health

Hometown: Buffalo, NY  

What's something on your bucket list? 

I want to go to Paris, France.  

What's your favorite place you've traveled to and why?  

I absolutely love St. Petersburg Beach, Sarasota, and Lido Beach, FL. I love being by the water and great weather during the winter months. My friends of over 30 years, we have made this an annual wellness and relaxation getaway. 

Favorite family tradition: 

My mother’s family in Mabelvale, Arkansas has an annual family reunion for July 4th. My dad’s family gathers every Thanksgiving in Ft. Washington, Maryland. 

What is your proudest accomplishment? 

Raising two kids as a single parent and having them see and experience me working full-time and graduating from Buffalo State College and then watching them years later attend and graduate from Georgia State University.  

What did you want to be when you were small?  

I wanted to be a Valley Girl. 

My latest book recommendation: 

“The Front-Line Leader – Building a High-Performance Organization from the Ground Up” by Chris Van Gorder  

My life story in exactly one sentence:  

I was born in Buffalo, NY, in the year of the Tiger, and on the 23rd of September. 

My favorite restaurant in Atlanta:  

Breakfast at Barney’s 

My favorite comfort food or family recipe:  

Kettle potato chips with sea salt & pepper 

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