Michelle met Spencer while serving with him in youth ministry and has been with Cordtsen Design Architecture since April of 2018. She studied Psychology for 5 years at Salve Regina University (then College) and URI but changed direction and spent her post-college years in many different customer service-related fields and positions, always seeking new adventures and experiences. Her interests in writing, relationships, customer service and psychology led her to discovering a talent for content writing and social media marketing in 2006, when she partnered with her husband’s web development business to serve him and his clients for 10 years. She cut back in the 11th year to marketing for select clients only.
Facts about Michelle:
Where were you born and raised? I was born in Anaheim, California while my Dad was serving in Vietnam. Because he was a career US Army officer, we spent my childhood and teen years moving a lot — a new school every year from 5th through 12th grade. But I spent the most time in Georgia (from ages 7-16), attending 6 different schools. And I loved it!
Do you have any brothers or sisters? I have three younger brothers, including one who passed away in 2015.
What is your favorite place in Rhode Island? Three places right now: Jamestown Bridge first thing in the morning on my way to work and then on my way home. Glorious! The second is Beavertail in Jamestown, especially at sunset. The third is home with my husband Scott, who is truly my closest friend and favorite person in the whole world.
Who has made the biggest impact in your life and how? Jesus Christ – because He reconciled me to God, not because of anything I did, but because of what He did on the cross. And when I first believed and received Him by faith, I was not only changed in that very that moment, but the Holy Spirit continues to change me as I pursue a closer relationship with God. I truly enjoy an abundant life! “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
Where do you see yourself in five years? Wherever I am, I’ll be. My dream is to be writing full-time — but that’s a tall order!
What is your personal mission statement? To live every day as if it’s my last, not taking for granted the gift of time with those I love.
Where in the world would you like to explore? I’ve always wanted to travel the entire country in an RV with my husband Scott and see every National Park, visit lots of small towns, and meet interesting people in diners along the way so I can hear their stories.
What is the last book you read? Updated Aug. 2022: “The Deep End of the Ocean” by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Reading right now: “Home Sweet Rome” by Scott & Kimberly Hahn and “The Classic Slave Narratives” edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
What are you most thankful for? God’s love and grace; my husband Scott, who loves and cares for me like no one else on earth; my son Wolf, for so many reasons — too many to list; and my mother-in-law Patricia, for her love, wisdom and support throughout the years.