Michele is a committed member of the community, focusing her attentions on the needs of downtown Seattle where she lives and works. Michele is an active member of the Pike Place Market Foundation where she collaborates with other members to find creative solutions for the low-income and elderly populations in and around the Market. Michele is also an avid contributor to the Women’s Wellness Center, Downtown Seattle, a respite site for low-income women. Through the Center, homeless women are provided with a quiet and safe place to recharge and access to hygiene and wellness services including showers, laundry, and first aid. The Center also provides case-management resources focused on helping women with approaches to housing solutions and self-sufficiency goals. Michele is also active with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a critical resource for individuals living with mental illness and their families. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services and treatment and works to raise awareness and build a community for individuals in need of mental health services. In addition, Michele participates extensively with Christ our Hope Parish where she is a Pastoral Council Member. She also contributes to the Seattle Art Museum, one of our City’s most important cultural resources.