Michele Lewis

Veteran Employment Director

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/micheledlewis/

Michele Lewis recently joined the NC4Me team as a Veterans Bridge Home partner as the Veterans Employment Director.  Michele comes with extensive experience in assisting veterans with their transition to civilian careers.  For 13 years she served as the Regional Project Manager with Inverness Technologies responsible for military’s career transition workshops for the Department of Labor in 22 states plus Washington DC.  Her region spanned from Virginia to Maine and across the Dakotas with over 70 site locations.  As the PM, Michele was responsible for evaluating potential facilitators, interviewing, hiring, on-boarding and professionally developing a team of more than 54 facilitators, one assistant regional project manager and one administrative assistant.  In addition to the personnel component, Michele managed an average of 115 classes each month with 100% accountability interacting with state and regional level DOL leaders, site managers, supported Veteran associations, and senior military leaders and provided assessment information and data reports regarding the transition workshops to the higher echelon.  In conjunction with her duties as the PM, Michele continued to facilitate workshops and has delivered more than 320 classes traveling throughout 14 states and coaching over 7000 service members and their families. Her audience has included all branches of the military and is comprised of separating service members, retirees, military spouses, wounded warriors and Executive level transitioning service members.

Prior to this position, Michele worked for the Health Facilities Planning Office of Korea (HFPO-K) as the Transition Educator for the renovation for the largest military hospital in South Korea. In this role, she was responsible for the effective coordination and communication between all stakeholders, including project managers, senior military leadership, and private contractors. Michele contributed to the completion of this multi- million-dollar renovation project for 2 years before a military reassignment occurred. Other positions that Michele has served or is currently serving include leadership roles for non-profit organizations, independent retail associations and various military organizations.

Michele’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management, extensive studies in Special Education fields, as well as Defense Acquisition University training.  She has volunteered in several roles including leading and advising families and senior military leadership on deployment readiness, serving as a Battalion and Brigade Advisor during multiple deployments, serving as a certified facilitator for Financial Peace University and served as the Vice President of Family Affairs (Korea) on the Executive Board for the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).

On a personal note, Michele has been involved with the military all her life, starting with her father who was a 23-year decorated Army veteran, her husband who recently transitioned after 29 years of honorable service and numerous deployments with the United States Army, and her son-n-law who is currently serving as a Drill Sergeant at Ft. Benning, GA.  Because of the military, Michele and her family have been afforded the opportunity to travel and live in various areas of the world to include Okinawa, Belgium, Korea and more than 12 different states within the US.  After her father retired in Fayetteville, NC, Michele met and married her husband, George E. Lewis III.  Michele and George have two beautiful children, a wonderful son-n-law and 3 perfect grandchildren.  In addition to the biological family, Michele and George have 3 large canine best friends.  They’re three Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are named Cohiba (Coa, age 13), Maduro (Maddie, age 5) and Partagus (Gus, age 2).