A native of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, a small town outside of Philadelphia, Michelle received her B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University. After a short stint in the banking world, Michelle made a major career switch into the field of Education.
After obtaining a Masters in Education at St. Joseph's University, she taught at the elementary level in both the private and public sectors, Following the birth of her first child, she took time off to stay at home to be a "full time mommy." During this period, with the support of her incredible husband, Scott, she also became involved in numerous local organizations.
From president of the Junior League, to trustee at Alvernia University, to school board president, Michelle immersed herself in the Berks County community. These years taught her a great deal about leadership, communication, conflict, and resolution. Still, she knew that she needed more, anticipating a large void in her life when her boys left for college. She decided to combine her educational background with an entrepreneurial spirit and began working as an independent college admissions consultant, assisting families in discovering "best fit" schools for their young adults.
Then, in the spring of 2017, life presented two new opportunities...writing and a part time existence in Bend, Oregon. While exploring her new environment, she began to find her voice through the written word. And, she realized that she loved it! Now, she's debuting her first novel, Learning to Bend, a story that shares how a young woman takes a risk, leaves her comfort zone, and slowly discovers who she is. After all, isn't that what we're all trying to do?