Michelle’s commitment to health equity and access is much more than her job – it’s the driving force in her family and her life. She’s the proud mom of a nine-year-old boy, Gavin, who has faced numerous health challenges and defied the odds. He’s now thriving and has even skipped a grade. Michelle’s face lights up when she talks about him, and when she shares her own journey to the Foundation.
Michelle came to us after working for Children’s Hospital and McKesson, where she worked to connect families and children to resources they need. She knows firsthand the challenges families face when confronted with the illness of a child, and her career path has reflected that commitment to help others. At the Foundation since early 2018, she provides support for our Philanthropy team, who she describes as “an amazing group of people who are looking to better the world." She is so thankful to be able to work with colleagues who are open-hearted, empower each other and treat each other with genuine respect. In her personal and professional life, Michelle wants to be part of the positive change: a light in the darkness.
A rare Colorado native, Michelle grew up in the Denver area and enjoys camping, rock climbing and visits to Red Rocks and Estes Park. She also practices self-care, drinking her greens every morning, listening to music and taking long walks with her Doberman Pinscher, Leo. In her free time, you’ll find her at the Tattered Cover or indulging in a night in watching Dateline. Fun fact: Every year she travels to Los Angeles to do professional makeup for the Oscars! She also volunteers with Impact Locally, a Denver-based nonprofit serving men, women and children experiencing homelessness.
For Michelle, life is good when it’s simple: time spent with her family, her son and her dog. Preferably in the Colorado sunshine and definitely with a whole lot of gratitude.
BA Human Development and Psychology – Metro State University (in progress)