Michelle believes relationships are the key to success. Building strong relationships and generating client trust is the core of what Michelle does. Before joining Meld, her biggest wins included the successful completion of the IRL East clinic project for UIHC Capital Management. This $16M project consisted of constructing a skywalk between a privately owned structure and a publicly owned parking garage. Coordinating communications between public and private stakeholders was a key part of this project.
Michelle holds a BA in Interior Design from the University of Northern Iowa. She has experience in project management, design, facilities management in telecom and retail centers, and healthcare construction.
Just for Fun:
Steel Magnolias. Owls. All Things Vegetables.
Most People Wouldn’t Know: I crochet, but only things that are rectangular or square, because that is where my skill stops.
Favorite Local Establishment: I enjoy wandering around the local shops and restaurants in Downtown Iowa City and the Ped Mall.
Favorite Movie: Steel Magnolias is by far my favorite movie. I love all the one-liners in it, and all of the female friendships. It still makes me laugh out loud and cry to this day. I repeat lines all the time.
Favorite Food: I love vegetables, especially in the summer, and I also enjoy pizza a lot. On the sweeter side of things I like ice cream, peanut butter chocolate gelato, and peach/mango sorbet.
Favorite Color: I love the different blues and aquas of the ocean.
Favorite Music Genre or Artist: P!nk
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Best Advice Received: Advice that has stuck with me for a long time is when a co-worker once said to me, “We’re not selling oxygen, nobody’s going to die.” It is a good reminder that projects will never go as planned and to learn from those moments; there is always a solution to be found. Learning to take the emotion out of a situation will lead to a good outcome. I know that how I react to issues will set the tone for the rest of the team and to always stay positive.
Favorite Thing About Working at Meld: The people; they are extremely welcoming, have a lot of fun, and are such intelligent individuals. They are the ones who make me want to come to work everyday. I’m lucky to work here!