evaluation, microbusiness development, community development
Michele works in the area of program evaluation for social service non profit organizations throughout Vermont. Projects areas include: micro business development, domestic violence, local agriculture and farm-to-school initiatives, education and literacy, and restorative justice for youth. Michele has co-managed the Vermonter Poll from 2000 to 2008. She is also a lecturer at the University of Vermont, teaching graduate and undergraduate students program evaluation for decision making and applied research methods. Michele graduated from the University of Vermont in May 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies. She completed her Honors Senior Thesis for her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at UVM in 1999, entitled: "An analysis of knowledge, intention, self efficacy, and perception of women certified for pesticide use in Vermont and correlation to risk minimization practices". Michele holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Vermont and completed her master's thesis on microenterprise development and characteristics that lead to client success. Her thesis work is published in the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship and was presented at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity Annual Conference in May 2007.
Michele is the recipient of the 2008 Nancy Nye Fellowship in Rural Community Development. This fellowship is supported by the national rural program of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Rural LISC) and the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. The goal of the fellowship is to support original research that builds knowledge about and understanding of rural community development. This fellowship honors the work of Nancy Nye who devoted her career to working for social and economic justice, focusing her keen intellect, enormous energy, and wisdom on helping poor and disenfranchised people and struggling communities help themselves. This fellowship will add to grant funds to support Michele's evaluation of the LACE project. Michele is also a yoga instructor at YogaVermont and UVM's Group Fitness program. She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys taking nature photography (with her images displayed on this website).