Michelle is a native of South Carolina who relocated to Asheville 17 years ago. She is excited to be a part of the Literacy Council and to join a team of people dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others. Michelle has spent most of her professional career working in non-profits helping children in need.
Michelle started her career in donor relations and development with Save the Children, an international child-relief organization. During her tenure at Save the Children, she traveled both in and out of the U.S. to areas of highest poverty, guiding donor relations and sponsorship activities. Closer to home, Michelle served for seven years as the Director of Development for Eliada Home for Children.
Michelle graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Criminal Justice. She holds a Certification in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and is an alumna of Leadership Asheville.
Michelle is married and has two children as well as two doggy children. They enjoy traveling as a family as well as watching both children participate on their respective baseball and softball teams. They are all avid readers!
By Fred Chappell
Poet Laureate Emeritus of North Carolina
It waits as patiently as a forest trail
To take you to a place you must have heard about,
Quiet and exciting, a glade to be alone in,
With those who came before.
At first the journey is one slow letter at a time,
But sooner than you thought, you clip along,
Your pace growing smarter with each step.
You never arrive at an end
Because you never want to,
And a thousand other trails lead off from this one path,
Mysterious, inviting, alive with shadowy light.
The book will go with you as far as you desire.
And if you like, I will come with you.