Michele took the curvy road to college. She began with Prescott Center College in Arizona, took a break, then dove into a Geology degree through the Santa Fe Community College and University of New Mexico. After another break, she morphed that educational path into a BA in Womens Studies and Nonprofit Management from Metro State University.
One of Michele's favorite jobs was as a VISTA member for the New Mexico Solar Energy Association. But, serving as the Construction Technology Instructor at Shakopee Correctional Facility for Women in Minnesota was the most adventurous job she had inside four walls. She also spent 17 years outdoors and on roofs as a residential carpenter. Upon her return to Minneapolis, Michele worked for the Green Institute and the ReUse Center as project manager for Deconstruction Services.
Michele makes the FMR office run smoothly. This includes anything from maintaining office equipment to keeping the workroom well-supplied. She coordinates office volunteers, board of directors meetings, and board and staff events, outings and retreats. Michele also supports FMR's development staff with gift-processing and database upkeep.
Michele loves to travel, especially of the adventurous kind: climbing mountains, wilderness hiking, canoeing or rafting, skiing and bicycling. She has huge vegetable and perennial gardens with bee- and bird-friendly flowers. As a grandma and auntie, she's passionate about passing on her love of nature to the next generation. Michele volunteers locally as a Spanish interpreter, reads a lot, and helps friends and relatives with construction projects.
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