Michelle serves as the Director of Development for the Nature Discovery Center. In this role she manages all fundraising efforts including annual funds, major gifts, grant writing and donor relations. Born in the Texas Hill Country, Michelle has always had a love for natural space. While earning her M.A. in environmental anthropology, Michelle conducted research on the role that values play in private landowners’ conservation activities. This work provoked her strong belief that the future of our natural resources is directly dependent on how well youth understand and appreciate the importance of their natural world. She has found a great fit in the Nature Discovery Center’s dedicated team that works to enhance visitors’ connection with nature. Armed with a passion for parks and nonprofit management, Michelle is passionate about leveraging her background to help the Nature Discovery Center articulate its programmatic impact and vision to the community.