Darlene Yee-Melichar

Faculty Trustee
Member, Board of Trustees (2023—2025)
The California State University

Darlene Yee-Melichar

Darlene Yee-Melichar has been a Professor at San Francisco State University since 1990 teaching in five academic units (Health Education, Gerontology, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Social Work, and Public Affairs & Civic Engagement). Previously, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch and an Assistant Professor at York College, the City University of New York. She was a visiting Assistant Professor at Teachers College/Columbia University and an Assistant Director at Barnard College/Columbia University. 

Dr. Yee-Melichar teaches with a focus on workforce development for an aging society. She enjoys working with students in lecture-seminar courses and supervision courses that allow for high impact practices such as curricular innovations, internship experiences and research opportunities.  She is committed to the important work of the CSU in providing access, affordability and quality for inclusive excellence and student success enhanced by faculty, staff and administrator supports.

Dr. Yee-Melichar has served as an active faculty leader on the Executive Committees of the SF State Academic Senate and the Academic Senate CSU.  Among her numerous community-professional contributions, she currently serves on the California Department of Aging’s ADRC Advisory Committee; California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform’s Board of Directors; and the Health Plan of San Mateo’s CareAdvantage Advisory Committee.  

She earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in health education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a master’s degree in gerontology from the College of New Rochelle. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Barnard College at Columbia University. She and her husband Joseph live in the San Francisco Bay Area where they enjoy environmental sustainability, organic gardening and nature photography.