Michelle is a lifelong New Mexican. She grew up in Hobbs, New Mexico and attended New Mexico State University. Go Aggies! After a brief time living in Denver, she and her husband, Eric, moved back to Albuquerque 18 years ago. Since then she has been committed to raising her family, which includes her two children, Riley and William, and finding meaningful ways to serve her local community.
For the past five years she has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) on behalf of children in CYFD custody and foster care. Her role as a CASA has expanded her awareness to the challenges foster children and their families face, and strengthened her commitment to advocating on their behalf. She is regularly in family court on behalf of the children she advocates for and also visits schools, foster homes, and medical care providers to ensure each child she works for has a voice. She has been an active volunteer at the Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque Reads, Presbyterian Ear Institute, and various other non-profit organizations.
Her dedication is not only to her own children, but the children of New Mexico who she believes deserve to be stood up for, and fought for, by all those who have a voice in this state. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from New Mexico State University.