Michele J. Russell received her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1995. During her 22 years working in the field of mental health she served as a staff counselor at Texas Children’s Hospital Learning Support Center and established the Eating Disorder Program at The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University, of which she also served as program Director. In 2014, Michele was the Program Director for the Theology and Community program at Duke Divinity School and from 2015-2017, she served as Social and Emotional Program Specialist at Small Steps Nurturing Center. Currently, she works with Iconoclast Artists, a Houston-based writing, performance and visual arts program for young creative minds. There, she is working to establish Social and Emotional Learning support among Houston Independent School District’s most vulnerable populations. Across these unique environments, Michele has found the opportunity to support social and emotional growth and resilience in individuals, families and communities to be deeply challenging and rewarding.