Michelle McLerran, M.A.
Michelle is a leadership coach, consultant, speaker, and human services professional.
Michelle McLerran is passionate about cultivating thriving and successful rural communities.
Raised on a cattle farm in west central Missouri, Michelle maintains a strong belief in the value of the rural way of life and an unwavering commitment to preserving its’ traditions while keeping it relevant and forward-focused.
Her professional experience has allowed her to travel across the United States and to live in diverse communities throughout the country.
Michelle has held leadership positions in government, business, technology, education, and military non-profit organizations. She was elected to her local school board and served with the Missouri School Boards Association as an advocate for rural public education to the Missouri legislature.
Following this, she was elected and served as the Benton County Presiding Commissioner again supporting rural initiatives such as funding, transportation, law enforcement, jobs and economy, and community engagement.
Michelle’s leadership contributions in developing leaders and programs as a volunteer to the United States Army’s family readiness organizations in support of soldiers and their families earned her the recognition of the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award.
Her expertise is grounded in academic study of DISC Behavior Profiles, strategic leadership, team building, group dynamics, listening and communication, conflict resolution, and church and ministry leadership.
She is versed in cultural diversity where she specialized in studying the gap between urban and rural issues and collaboration. Understanding and maximizing individual strengths and complementing personalities to accomplish results are the core of her coaching and consulting.
Michelle holds an M.A. in Human Services: Executive Leadership from Liberty University and a B.S. Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University.