Mell did her undergraduate work at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Religious Studies. Mell obtained her Master’s Degree in Psychology from International College, University Without Walls based in Sacramento and Los Angeles. In 1984, she became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Mell has had a lifelong love of horses. She is co-founder of Warrior’s Soul, Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, whose home is in Lincoln, California. In 2011, Mell became a Certified Equine Guided Educator. The mission of Warrior’s Soul is to provide opportunities to facilitate physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing by utilizing the unique interaction created between horse and human.