A Pennsylvania native, Michelle spent her summers at the Jersey shore. Her love of the water began there.
In 1990 she moved to South Florida. Boating was a big part of her life and she has over thirty years of experience. In her younger days, she competed on an ultimate frisbee team for seven years. These days she enjoys paddle boarding, running, rollerblading, cycling, hiking and skin diving.
Michelle raised a 22-year old daughter Taylor who also shares a love of the water. They both enjoy traveling and have been to lots of beautiful places including California, Hawaii, Colorado, Maine, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. Each was an adventure!
Michelle has had a 25-year career as a purchasing agent for various large companies. She met Rob in 2015 on an offshore full moon stand-up paddleboard adventure and they quickly hit it off. Rob introduced her to sailing and she took to it quickly. Together they won the 2016 Washington’s Birthday classic boat Regatta on Biscayne Bay.
Since meeting Rob, she competed in one triathlon, two duathlons, a one-mile swimming race, and a 10K! She is looking forward to the events held every year on St. John!
Michelle also crewed for Rob and team in the Crossing for a Cure stand up paddleboard expedition from Bimini to Florida in 2017. Rob covered 55 miles on that expedition and together they raised thousands of dollars for Pipers Angels foundation for cystic fibrosis.
Together they volunteer for charities and clubs including Club Scrub, a fun group that puts together many off-road cycling and paddleboard events and Freedom Waters Foundation that seeks to bring joy to the lives of children suffering from chronic diseases by taking them out for a day of boating.
In addition to volunteer work, Michelle is CPR certified.
An avid cook, Michelle looks forward to preparing delicious picnics and treats for the guests on Pepper.
She also loves music and has started to learn how to play the ukulele. She looks forward to strumming island sounds under the stars at night and might even play for the charter guests!