Accelerating health equity, promoting sustainability, and expanding access to services are passions that Michaela has had since starting her public health career. Michaela received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a minor in Spanish from Mercyhurst University in 2017. After graduation she became a long-term volunteer for an international nonprofit organization, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in the Dominican Republic. She supported orphaned and at-risk children through activities such as teaching English classes, WASH, female empowerment, and gender integration. She also advocated for equitable healthcare access and care for low-income adults in her local community.
Prior to joining the Crescendo team Michaela received her MPH in International Health and Development in with a concentration in maternal and child health, and sexual and reproductive health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2021. She conducted research on obstetric violence, adolescent pregnancy, and the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had for women, children, and adolescents in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Michaela was an active volunteer with various organizations in New Orleans. As a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer, she assisted with COVID-19 vaccine distribution. She also worked with immigrants, refugees, and asylees by teaching English classes, financial literacy, and job readiness.