Michelle Speas joined Family Services, Inc. in September 2011, bringing more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in philanthropic services. For most of her career she has worked as a development officer, directing annual, capital, and planned giving campaigns and spearheading communication and public relations efforts.
After serving as the first chief executive officer of the Mebane Charitable Foundation, one of North Carolina’s largest private family foundations, she joined Old Salem Museums & Gardens as vice president of development and external relations. While there, Michelle was selected 2008 National Fundraiser of the Year by Fundraising Success magazine as well as 2008 Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) NC Triad Chapter. Michelle has also served as a member of staff at United Way of Greater High Point, and a private secondary school in Greensboro.
Michelle teaches fundraising, nonprofit management and leadership development as an adjunct instructor at Salem College and High Point University. A member of AFP Triad Chapter since 1997 and current board member, she chaired the 2015 NC Philanthropy Conference She has served on several Triad nonprofit boards including Smart Start, Family Services, Second Harvest Food Bank, United Way.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Mississippi, Michelle holds a bachelor of arts and master of arts in history. She is a graduate of Duke University’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management program and the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Development Program.