McKnight Consulting’s Community Character Project was founded in 2007 to look at the past to inform the present through an array of Public History & Character Development/Etiquette Projects designed to educate and inspire people of all ages.


Believing that the purpose of life is to live a life of purpose,  Melinda McKnight has many years of experience teaching as well as providing training sessions, workshops and seminars on a wide array of topics including character education and information literacy.  Trained in the Five Strategies of The Virtues Project, Nonviolent Communication and The Compass Initiative, she has the skills to be effective in the classroom, the workplace and with people of all backgrounds.

During Ms McKnight’s two decades spent in the field of Public History, she gained experience in: research, exhibit development, interpretive plans, organizational development, community relations, festival/event/program development, volunteer recruitment, information literacy, tour guide/hospitality training and more.

She utilized her training in the Five Strategies of The Virtues Project in Business, Faith-based Communities, Nonprofit Organizations, Individuals & Families.  She provided a twelve-week, Virtues Project based class at a medium security New York State Correctional Facility and initiated a conversation with the NYS Governor’s Office about including The Virtues Project in the resources provided to the Dignity for All Students Act District Coordinators.

Melinda Terpening McKnight earned her A.S. degree in Journalism from Ulster County Community College, B.A. in English with a minor in Rhetoric & Communication from the University at Albany and an M.A. in Public History from the University at Albany.  She provides presentations on a variety of local history topics including: Hilda Worthington Smith, Shipwrecks on the Rondout & Hudson, Destination Catskill Mountains: 1880-1920, Northern Slavery, Valuing Local History and Ulster County History through the Story of the Bevier Family.

Melinda lives with her husband, Bill, their dogs, Foxy, Kaya & Luna, and cat, Emma in West Hurley, New York.