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Meet Michelle


Born in Michigan, Michelle (VanOoteghem) Wooddell is a proud product of Michigan's fantastic public school system!  Her dad retired from Ford Motor Company after 30+ years and her mom worked for the City of Dearborn for more than 20 years.

She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a Master in Public Administration from New York University and a PhD from Wayne State University.

She has been married to Victor for 18 years and they have two adopted children – Aleksey and Sasha.  They currently live in Southfield with their amazing dog, Ruby, and two cats!


Michelle joined the faculty of Grand Valley State University in 2014 in the College of Community and Public Service.  She is now a tenured Associate Professor, teaching courses in community leadership, financial management and social innovation. In 2019, she was named Outstanding Graduate Teacher of the Year.

Small Business Owner.

After 15 years working in metro Detroit’s nonprofit sector, Michelle formed her own company – The Nonprofit Spot, LLC.  Based in Oakland County, Michelle and her team have worked with more than 100 nonprofit and community organizations over the past decade, helping them serve the residents of our communities – from Detroit to Birmingham and everywhere in between!

Community Leader.

Michelle has always been an active member of the community.  She served on the state board for the League of Women Voters of Michigan and was President of the Ferndale Community Foundation.  She has been a volunteer with a number of community organizations, including St. Vincent de Paul, the Junior League of Detroit and Gleaners Community Food Bank.

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