Michele spent twenty years in the restaurant business, moving up to District Manager of five restaurants for a major chain in Las Vegas, NV. She became one of the twelve original members of the General Managers Advisory Council for the 1,600 restaurant chain.
She moved to Grand Junction in 2004, owned a restaurant for two years, then accepted a job in Human Resources in the oil and gas industry. Michele has a certificate in Human Resource Management from the Malcolm Baldridge School of Business at Post University, Waterbury, CT.
"The ability to enjoy recreation as a part of a full and happy life is one of my core beliefs. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to facilitate such experiences for people of all abilities at Colorado Discover Ability. Perhaps this passion began at an early age growing up in North Carolina as one of three boys who really were not allowed inside unless eating, sleeping or finishing schoolwork. I've enjoyed 16 years of a career in whitewater guiding and snowsport instruction that has led me to incredible people and locations all across the country and world. I always say adaptive recreation challenges us in unique ways to utilize creative thought, and a lot of duct tape. And that's not only the beauty in it, but the fun as well.
My certifications include: PSIA Adaptive Ski Level III, Children's Specialist Level II, AASI Snowboard Level I, PSIA-Intermountain DECL, 2016 Candidate for PSIA National Adaptive Ski Team, State of Alaska EMT-1, NOLS Wilderness First Responder, Whitewater Rescue Technician, ACA Level IV Kayak Instructor, still amateur banjo player after 17 years..."