Board Member – Diversity and Inclusion
Michelle was born in Canada and spent many of her developmental years in the United States. She received her undergraduate degree in Public Relations from the University of South Florida and her Master’s of Science in College Student Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University.
Michelle launched a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consulting small business to address the intersection of education, social justice, diversity, and intentional dialogue. She realized that she could play a role in initiating local, domestic, and global change. Michelle expanded her skills to center her DEI work in trauma-informed non-clinical care by becoming a Certified Trauma Support Specialist, receiving the New York University Post-Masters Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice Certification, and by engaging in the study of intergenerational and identity-based trauma. Michelle has consulted for, supported, and advised multiple academic institutions, non-profits, and small businesses. She currently serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the NBA Portland Trail Blazers.
Michelle is honored to serve on the Board of The Ehlers-Danlos Society as it delivers its important mission. Michelle is particularly excited to support The Society in its efforts to remove barriers to access and quality care across racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and geographic groups; confront bias and inequity in the healthcare system on a global scale; and advocate for continuous research and education for genetic disorders and chronic diseases in underserved populations.