Michelle is a native Texan with small-town roots that help her understand the concerns of rural Texans. She grew up outside the East Texas town of Grapeland on family land cherished for generations. The daughter of a law enforcement officer and public school teacher, she learned the value of public service at an early age.

Michelle started a career in travel and tourism before moving to Austin and joining the booming tech industry of the late 1990s. That’s where she met her husband, James, and the two continue to marvel at and participate in the wild ride of the local and global tech scene to this day. In 2007, Michelle started her own business organizing independent international travel.

A love of rural Texas drew Michelle and James away from Austin in 2005 and into the quiet life of Bastrop County where they enjoy the wildlife and their two gardens – a vegetable garden where they work hard for home-grown tomatoes and a beer garden where they relax with friends.