Michelle has joined Benchmark in her encore career. She has a broad-based background and wide-ranging skillset honed over thirty-plus years in the workforce. She spent the majority of her first career with John Deere Financial. She is active in the community and has volunteered with the Girl Scouts organization, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, United Way, and her local church and schools. Michelle comes from a family of small-business entrepreneurs, with a history of owning and operating a commercial cleaning business, as well as residential property ownership and management. She is a lifelong Des Moines area resident and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa.