About the Founder of Opportunity Acres
Michelle has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities since 1990. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. In addition, Michelle is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Michelle has provided behavior intervention for children, adolescents and adults with a variety of developmental disabilities. She began focusing on young children with autism in 1994.
Michelle founded her first business, Advance Kids, Inc. in 2000 providing in home services to consumers with autism. After 15
years in business, Advance Kids now provides in home services, center based services, educational services and a non-public school for preschool through first grade. Michelle is an adjunct faculty member for National University in the graduate program for Applied Behavior Analysis.
Michelle has been featured in The Business Journal and was also awarded "Business Woman of the Year" by the National Association of Woman Business Owners in 2008 and "2012 Small Business Person of the Year for the Sacramento Region" by the Small Business Administration.