Michele works full-time as an Academic Advisor in the College of Business & Technology at WIU. She started at Western in July 2001, and has lived in Macomb since May 2004, but grew up in Dixon, IL. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, and has two Master's degrees in Counseling and Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration from WIU. She has a dog named Toby and two cats named Olivia Benson and Elliott Stabler. In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors; especially camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, and sitting by a campfire. She also loves to travel, listen to live music, and spend time with friends. She is a huge Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan as well.