Get to Know a Kaufman, Melody (Mel) Yoder

Kaufman Team Member

This week we continue our series of interviews with agents and staff members. We hope these quick peeks into the lives of our team members will go beyond putting a face with a name. These snippets will give you an informative and sometimes humorous look at our most important asset, our people.  This week’s interview is with real estate agent and assistant Melody Yoder.

As a licensed real estate agent Melody works directly with Curt Yoder as a buyer’s agent and assistant. Mel is also a resident expert on all things baseball (Cleveland Indians), social media, and East Africa. She is a member of the Grace Worship Team, sings with Smalltown Roots and previously volunteered as a Grace Youth mentor.  Prior to coming to Kaufman, Mel spent time in Uganda at Watoto Ministries working with disabled children.  Mel is vibrant personality who breathes life into everyone and situation she encounters.  Along with Lisa, she is vying for the title of Office Travel and Wine Expert.

Get to Know a Kaufman

  1. Full Name: My name is Melody Dawn Yoder.
  2. Family: Kansas Mose’s Eli’s Steve & Ruth Yoder are my parents. I am the 2nd oldest of 6 children. I have 3 nieces and 2 nephews.
  3. Do you have a nickname, if so what is it and how did you get it: Mel is my nickname. Pretty self-explanatory.
  4. First Job: My first job was caring for a mentally disabled boy who has since passed away, sadly.
  5. Worst Job: The worst thing I had to do at my job at the Rolling Ridge Ranch, was to close the gates as the wagons came out. I may have been attacked by an ostrich or 2.
  6. Personal motto: My motto “Wherever God has put you, that is your vocation. It is not what we do but how much love we put into it.” Mother Teresa
  7. A great day is comprised of these elements: A great day starts off with coffee and a “good morning” from Pam. A day is incomplete without some God time and also lots of sarcasm and laughs with colleagues.
  8. Hobbies: I think I have one hobby. Baseball. (Untrue, she has many hobbies)
  9. Favorite Sport or event to watch, live or on TV: Tribe baseball is the sport to watch. But I do enjoy Buckeye football and Cavalier basketball.
  10. Proudest Childhood Accomplishment: I won the 4th grade spelling bee. Winning word? Massachusetts
  11. What did you want to be when you grew up: When I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher. I’m not sure when that changed, but I am glad it did.
  12. If you were a super hero, what powers would you have: I wish I could teleport. And that stems from a lack of patience.
  13. It’s Karaoke night and you have to sing, what’s your go to song: A night of karaoke almost always includes Allison Kraus “When You Say Nothing At All” or a catchy Dixie Chick’s tune.
  14. What two stations or Podcasts do you listen to most in your car: Road Trippin’ with R.J. & Channing and NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me are 2 of my current favorite podcasts.
  15. What makes you laugh: Lisa makes me laugh. People walking into glass doors make me laugh.
  16. What is your favorite book to read and who is your favorite author: Francine Rivers hasn’t written a bad book, in my opinion. However, she has written too few.
  17. Alaska or Hawaii, which would you rather visit for vacation and why: I don’t think I could choose between traveling to Alaska or Hawaii. Both are on my bucket list.
  18. If you had a warning label, what would yours say: If I had a warning label, it would say “Say nice things, make me laugh and I’m putty in your hands.”
  19. How many pair of shoes do you own: I would approximate that I own around 20 pairs of shoes. Most of them are either flip flops/sandals or boots.
  20. If you could share a coffee with four individuals, living or dead, who would they be: If I could share a drink with 4 individuals- living or dead- I would choose Jason Kipnis, Pam Bickel, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and Adele.
  21. What is something that scares you but you really want to try it: I’m afraid of heights. But I’ve always wanted to try parasailing and zip-lining. I would never bungee jump or skydive.
  22. What is something you tried that you’ll never do again: I tried skiing. I spent most of the day on my rear. I now enjoy reading a good book inside the lodge, by the fireplace, watching the skiers come down the slopes.
  23. On a scale of 1-10 how painful is this questionnaire? I actually enjoy filling out questionnaires like this.

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