Missy became the Executive Director for The ELM Foundation in 2021 after serving as the Case Manager for the foundation since 2013. She is passionate about effective resource delivery through intensive case management to assist individuals and families set goals, create plans, and utilize personal effort and community resources to become economically independent while emphasizing accountability to their individual plan. She works with the Pathway to Sustainability project to provide training and support for community agency directors, staff, and boards. Her community outreach includes facilitating the ELM Leadership Social Services program, serving as a network administrator for the Charity Tracker network, serving as a board member of the Madison County 310 Board, serving as a representative for the #GiveBetter initiative, as well as leading the Collaborative Community Solutions for Huntsville’s Homeless steering committee and is actively involved in identifying and coordinating transitional housing opportunities in Huntsville. A native of Huntsville, AL, and she loves her community and working in the social services field. Her work experience spans several agencies- the Department of Human Resources, the Madison County District Attorney’s Office, the National Children’s Advocacy Center and the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. Missy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Auburn University. She is a graduate of Leadership Flagship class 29, Leadership Management Academy class 5 and Leadership Social Services class 12. She is a wife, and a mother to 2 adult children.
"Defining poverty is not simply an academic exercise. The ways we define poverty-either implicitly or explicitly-play a major role in determining the solutions we use in our attempts to alleviate that poverty."