After 17 years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries working in both field sales and brand and portfolio marketing, Michelle joined the staff of the American Thoracic Society in 2007, serving as a liaison between the Society and its industry partners. Her experience launching multi-million dollar products through a comprehensive corporate association strategy as well as working with start-up companies where $500 is a big decision allows her to have conversations with customers at all stages of the product life cycle. Among her many responsibilities, she leads a team of people who manage all interactions with the Society’s industry partners including the ATS Corporate Member program. The team she has built has been recognized three times with Commendations from the ATS President.
Michelle also serves as staff to the ATS Committee on Drug Device Discovery and Development, which provides a forum within the Society where members discuss the basic, translational and clinical science surrounding the discovery and development of new drugs and devices, regardless of genesis or financial support with a goal of enhancing collaboration among all scientists.
She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Healthcare Convention Exhibitors Association (HCEA). She was elected to four terms on the HCEA Board of Directors, and she served for four years as co-chair of the Education Committee (chair of the Association Educational Track). She has been a regular speaker at the HCEA Annual Meeting.
Michelle received a business degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where she was an active member of the marching band and several other ensembles. She is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi, and in her spare time she flies stunt kites, volunteers serving marching band programs, and with the National Association of Music Parents.