is the President, and Co-Founder of Medical, Education, Training and Development, Inc. (METAD) METAD provides Sustainable health solutions and community-driven development initiatives in underserved areas of the world.
In her 30+ year career, Michelle has been an advocate for the poor, marginalized, homeless, farmworker and migrant populations. She combines non-profit leadership, program development skills, collaborative fund development strategies, research and experience-based knowledge with a passion for successful service with the most economically vulnerable. Michelle has partnered with communities and non-profit organizations to facilitate comprehensive community-driven development initiatives both nationally and internationally.
Michelle has provided non-profit capacity building, training and technical assistance for United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development; United States Department of Labor; Michigan State Department of Housing Development; and United States Health and Human Services, Compassion Capital Fund.
Michelle has served in a number of state, local and national organizations including Appointments to: Special Consultative Status Seat, Economic and Social Council of the United Nations; State of Michigan, Governor’s Interagency Migrant Services Committee; Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Advisory Council; USDA Rural Development, Michigan Farm Labor Housing Subcommittee; U.S. Department of Labor Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; Michigan State University’s Community and Economic Development Institute; a Faith-Based Institutions’ Community Development Programs, and the Bishop’s Justice for Immigrants Campaign.
Michelle is a Lay Scalabrinian, (a Catholic missionary congregation dedicated to the needs of migrants and refugees in 33 countries). She has an AdvGradDip and GradDip in Pastoral Care and Human Mobility (migration studies) from SIMI, Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome, Fellowship in Housing and Community Development, University of Maryland School of Public Policy at College Park, has studied at Oxford University, Refugee Studies Center and is certified in SPHERE: Humanitarian charter and minimum standards in disaster response.