Michelle received her nursing degree in 1994 from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She worked until 2004 as a Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Registered Nurse. Michelle moved to Colorado in 2003 and soon turned her focus to the outpatient clinical setting. She became a nationally certified Organ Recovery Coordinator for Colorado’s Organ Procurement Organization, Donor Alliance Inc., and in 2006, she accepted a position as a Liver Transplant Coordinator at the University of Colorado Hospital.
Michelle received her Master’s degree in Leadership in Health Care Systems at Regis University prior to joining the Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) team in 2013 as the Pediatric Assessment Tool (PAT) Revision Project Manager. She successfully designed and implemented a PAT pilot study. Michelle made significant contributions to the modernization of the ColoradoPAR Program and the Medicaid Nurse Advice Line prior to being promoted to the Chief Nursing Officer position.