Michelle started using Drupal in 2005 with the 4.6 release. She spent the next seven years actively participating in the community by writing and maintaining three contributed modules, assisting in the forums and on IRC, and performing webmaster duties on the *.drupal.org sites. After a two year break to focus on photography, she came back to Drupal and contributes to the community by helping with webmaster tasks and working with her co-maintainers on her contributed modules.
Michelle first discovered her love of programming by writing BASIC programs on her Commodore 64 as a teen. While working toward her BS in computer science at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse , she started work as a Visual Foxpro developer and continued to work in VFP until 2004. She kept programming as a hobby when she left the professional world to take care of her two boys. Michelle discovered Drupal while working on her family website and quickly fell in love with both the software and the community. Prior to Mediacurrent, she developed a local community social networking site and wrote the Advanced Forum, Author Pane, and Advanced Profile Kit modules.
In addition to being a coder, Michelle is a mom, photographer, and Whovian. Percentages vary.