Michele Gayle was born in Jamaica and raised between Jamaica and Florida. Michele graduated from Florida International University in 2008 with a bachelors of arts in psychology. After taking a year off to work in an Intensive Outpatient Program as a Substance Use Program Specialist, she decided to attend Nova Southeastern University in 2009 and graduated with a master’s in mental health counseling in 2012. Throughout her career, Michele has worked in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and residential programs that serve individuals with mental, behavioral, and/or substance use challenges. Michele has spent the last four years of her career working in state government advocating for and managing state and federal funds that support programs that serve the same disenfranchised populations she provided clinical care for.
Michele currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her wife and two of her four step children. She spends her free time hiking, watching basketball, and laughing uncontrollably with her loved ones. Michele hopes that this new chapter in her career will be the best yet as she shares the goal of ensuring all humans get the chance to live a life of purpose, dignity, and action.