Michele is co-founder and Executive Director of the Tennessee Justice Center, where the focus of her nationally-recognized legal work has been children with special health care needs. In that role, she lobbied successfully to extend health care coverage to uninsured children in working families and participated in a landmark case establishing appeal rights for TennCare patients who are denied care by their HMO.
As lead counsel, she negotiated a class action settlement requiring comprehensive reform of health care for 665,000 Tennessee children enrolled in TennCare. She also continues to represent scores of individual children.
Michele grew up in Nashville, graduating from Father Ryan High School. There she began her career in public service volunteering at a pre-school for children with special health care needs. Father Ryan’s magazine, Irish Ayes, named Michele one of five alumni “dedicated to improving life for the next generation of their family.”