The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities has appointed a new director.  Janae Melvin was introduced to the local board of trustees by Debbie Wilson, Speedway Children's Charities' national marketing director, during the chapter's Nov. 30 meeting.

Melvin, 24, is a native of Pratt, Kans., and a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a degree in communications and public relations. Janae currently is in the final stages of completing her master's degree in education and sports administration at Wichita

State University.  She also worked as an intern at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Janae's office will be located at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  She may be contacted at: (702) 632-8242 or .

Speedway Children's Charities (www.speedwaycharities.org) is a non-profit foundation based in Charlotte, N.C., that distributes funds to charities and foundations providing medical, emotional and social services to children in need.  Founded in 1984 by O. Bruton Smith, chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., Speedway Children's Charities has grown into a national foundation with chapters located at each of the six Speedway Motorsports Inc., facilities, including Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Atlanta Motor Speedway. Each chapter's objective is to assist as many children as possible.

Last month, the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities distributed $275,000 to 51 local causes which directly impact the lives of children in the Las Vegas and southern Nevada region.