Michelle received her Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Gerontology from Louisiana State University. She has over 25 years of experience working with people with dementia and their care partners as a researcher, consultant, educator, and program planner. Her areas of expertise include timely detection, early intervention and improving health care quality for people with dementia. Michelle currently serves as the Executive Co-Lead of ACT on Alzheimer's, a volunteer-driven, statewide collaborative preparing Minnesota for the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease. She is also the President and Co-Founder of The Barclay Group, LLC, which provides aging and dementia-related program planning, education, training and independent consulting to government, non-profit and for-profit organizations, individuals and families.