Michelle has spent most of her life living in Geelong. She completed her VCE at Sacred Heart College and then studied a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University before moving into the workforce, where she has held Senior Sales and Management roles with manufacturing businesses. In 2004 she completed her Masters in Business Administration.
Committed to the Geelong community Michelle has been a volunteer on a number boards including the Geelong Kindergarten Association, the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Kardinia Health and she has also served on the Human Research Ethics Committee at Barwon Health. She has also been appointed to the Geelong Cemeteries Trust.