But did you know that Michelle has been playing softball for more than 30 years? “I play year-round on a co-ed team with my husband Tim in a recreational league in Santee, plus I play on an all-women’s team in Ocean Beach,” said Michelle. “I love the game. Even when I was pregnant with our son, I still continued playing until the eighth month.”
A native of Orange County, Michelle, grew up in Brea, Calif. Michelle started playing softball at age 5. “That was the youngest age you could sign-up back then,” said Michelle. “My grandmother, who played in a women’s professional softball league, was my coach. She signed me up without my parents’ knowledge. My mom said, `Oh, well, I wanted her to learn to play the piano, but I guess it’s going to be softball instead.’ My mom wanted a daughter who wore bows in her hair and dresses. Instead, she got a daughter who wore bows in her hair and played in the dirt.”
In 1993, Michelle moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University (SDSU). Throughout college, she worked at Sea World, where she met her husband, Tim. They both worked at the Shamu and Friends gift shop. Tim continued working at Sea World. Today, after 24 years there, he is a carpenter in the Creative Services Department. He builds and maintains the show stages.
Since 1999, Michelle has worked in escrow for both Title Companies and Independent Escrow companies. Michelle has spent 18 years working in real estate, 15 years of those years were behind a desk as an Escrow Officer and managing staff. Recently, she joined Oakwood Escrow, Inc. as a sales rep. “I call myself `a recovering escrow officer; I enjoy connecting people and developing long-standing relationships,” said Michelle.
Michelle has been active with PSAR the past four years. “Every Thursday morning at the East County Rally and Ride, it feels like a family reunion,” she said. “It feels like the holidays and fun times with family members. I respect the work of our Association because our leaders work really hard to help educate and promote the members. Real estate is an ever-evolving industry and education is vital to keep yourself relevant and out of a courtroom.”