Michelle began her career in Child Welfare in the early 1990s initially working in juvenile court as a juvenile probation officer working with Truant, At-Risk Youth and CHINS (Child in Need of Services) cases and as a CASA program coordinator. Michelle began working with Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in 2001. During her time with DCFS, Michelle worked in a number of roles, including managing the Visitation Office and volunteers, CFWS social worker in Family Treatment Court, and supporting caregivers as Foster Parent Trainer (with RFTI – Resource Family Training Institute).
Michelle began working on Regional Core Training curriculum, and then as a Region 1 coach training new employees, and supporting existing staff in 2012. Michelle is passionate about supporting, encouraging and retaining child welfare staff in their work serving children and families.
Michelle received a BS in Psychology from WSU in 1993, and an MSW from Eastern Washington University in 2010.