Michelle is passionate about creating and sustaining a thriving arts community in Norfolk. She was asked to be on the Norfolk Arts Center board when she first moved to the city in 1990 and served as president in 2014. Michelle continues to support Norfolk Arts Center and serves on their performing arts committee. Each year, nationally recognized theatre production are brought to over 7,000 area youth. She currently serves on the Nebraska Cultural Endowment board and the Zone board. Zone is an after school program with the goal of motivating youth to graduate from high school and to develop into healthy, productive adults. Michelle facilitated at the National Student Leadership forum on faith and values in Washington, DC. Her husband, Bob, is the 4th generation CEO of Appeara, a textile rental company, and they have two adult sons, Drew and Mitch.