Michelle is a 30 year old boy mama. She was a single mom of 12-year-old Noah until in early 2020, local Bakersfield humanitarian Blaine Hodge became her other half, with whom she now shares her second baby boy Landon. She has a wide variety of prior career experiences ranging from oil field admin, police dispatching, Child Protective Services, and the medical field. She enjoys time with family, going to concerts, being involved in church + community events, self care routines, hiking, working out, theme parks and adventures in general.
Michelle and her brothers temporarily experienced being in the foster care system at a young age, along with all the confusion that came with it. The effects of not having what was truly needed at the time (a solid home foundation) was a feeling that was never forgotten and affected each of them differently. Michelle used it as motivation to become independent, aspiring to be an example of independence, eventually becoming a homeowner at the age of 23.
Youth advocacy and relationship-building has always been the root of her passion--her heart is with those who feel unseen, unvalued, or unworthy. After all of her career ventures, she is proud and beyond grateful for the opportunity to come full circle in what she's always known she was meant to do. Michelle feels as if she's been a part of Bakersfield Angels far before she even knew it existed and her gratitude for their mission and what they’ve helped bring to life goes further than words.
“We build too many walls and not enough bridges” -Isaac Newton