Michele was born in The Bronx, New York and she grew up in the city and attended public schools. She graduated from the City College of New York with a BA in English and a minor in Education. In 1973, Michele’s husband was transferred to Orlando and she began a new career as a social worker, and went back to School at UCF. She worked for the state in what was then the Department of Family Services determining eligibility for welfare, food stamps and Medicaid. Several years later she began working for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and spent a rewarding career working with children and adults with developmental disabilities.
She retired in 2005 after 30 years and then began her own company, MRL Training Consultants where she trained job coaches, supported living coaches and direct care staff. In 2007, she joined the League of Women Voters in an effort to become more involved with community and local politics. She has served as co-president of the Orange County League for three years and as co-chair of the Government Committee for six years. She has worked the polls for the League since the historic election of 2008, and became interested in Open Primaries soon after. Michele chaired the statewide study on Open Primaries, and saw most of the consensus statements approved at our last Convention.