Michelle graduated from the MUSC School of Nursing. In 2002 she joined NAMI when a family member was diagnosed with a mental illness and was inspired to become a volunteer with NAMI.
She became a Family-to-Family teacher, state, and national trainer, a Family Support Group facilitator, a Provider Education teacher and state trainer, a Parents and Teachers as Allies presenter and state trainer, a NAMI Homefront teacher and state trainer, and the NAMI AOP resource person.
In 2004 she received NAMI SC’s Volunteer of the Year Award. In 2008 she received NAMI SC’s Solid Gold Member Award and was inducted into NAMI National’s Hall of Fame for Family-to-Family. In 2011 she was inducted into NAMI National’s Hall of Fame for Provider Education and Family Support Group Facilitator. In 2013 she was inducted into NAMI National’s Hall of Fame for a second time for Family-to-Family for teaching 20+ courses. In 2015 she received the first National NAMI Homefront award. Michelle became the NAMI SC Program Coordinator in 2012 and works with the Family-to-Family, Provider Education, and NAMI Homefront signature programs.
In addition to her work with NAMI, Michelle is Secretary of the Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Mental Health Center Board. She has served on the Citizen’s Advisory Board at Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital. She enjoys spending time with her family.