Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Plant and Animal Biology from Ohio University. In addition she has an Associate Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management as well as a second Associate Degree in Back Country Horsemanship, both from Hocking College. Michelle spent six years in Colorado and Montana working for horse outfitters in the mountains before returning to Ohio and doing a short stint as a contract field archaeologist. She then settled into teaching equine and biology courses at Hocking College for twenty-four years. She left teaching to care for her ailing parents. At that time she launched a small personal business selling her art and leatherwork. She spent two seasons working at a landscape garden center, but wanted a job where she could make a difference to the region she calls home. She found her way to Rural Action. In her free time, Michelle enjoys taking long hikes with her dog, gardening, reading, painting, leather working, and writing stories that really want to turn into books.