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Melanin Minerals LLC., is a minority-owned business based out of Oregon (the state above California, lol) that specializes in handcrafted beauty products such as bath bombs, sugar scrubs, lotions and similar items. We pride ourselves on offering high quality, all natural products.
In addition to non-medicated products, we also offer a line with the added holistic benefits of CBD (cannabidiol). For more info on CBD, please see our "CBD 101" tab located at the top of our page OR click on the CBD 101 button/link below.
Johannah, who often goes by Jo, is a PhD student in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. She holds her M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Spanish from the University of Kentucky.
Jo serves as the co-advisor of MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) and SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) at Oregon State. She is also a graduate school ambassador, an action team leader for the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, and a member of the City of Corvallis King Legacy Advisory Board.
Jo loves anime, playing video games, hiking with her Husky and traveling
Nicole holds a PhD and a M.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University as well as a B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Missouri-Columbia. Currently, Nicole is a post-doc in the Department of Microbiology studying parasites that infect salmonids.
Outside of lab Nicole is the Secretary/Treasurer of Faith, Hope & Charity, a local 501(c)3 in which she is involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outreach and recruitment/retention of students of color in higher education. Additionally, she is the Co-Chair of the King Legacy Advisory Board for the City of Corvallis.
Nicole's interest and involvement in these issues arose from being involved in the Oregon State University Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and Society for the Advancement of Chicanx/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapters, where she was the VP of the latter for 2016-2018 school years.
When she is not working, Nicole is an outdoorswoman who enjoys archery, target shooting, hiking and spending time with her husband and fur babies.
An extended profile and CV can be found on her LinkedIN page, https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolehamsosu/