Meet Michelle, Our New Development Director!

PALS is proud to introduce the newest member of our staff, Michelle Peacock. Michelle is joining the team as our new Development Director. Michelle will work closely with Jenni to expand our PALS community of supporters. She will ensure that PALS continues to raise the necessary funds to expand and grow the overall impact of the PALS organization. We are so excited to have Michelle join us!

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Hello PALS Family!

I’m thrilled to join the PALS team as its new Development Director! I look forward to meeting all of you, and growing our family of supporters so that we may continue to increase PALS impact in the Down syndrome community.

I am a native Texan, although I moved around and lived in several different states as a child. I graduated from Mississippi State University with a business degree in Marketing, and settled back in Texas (Dallas and Austin) as an adult. I’m married with two boys (turning 12 & 13 this summer) and two step kids (almost 19 & 21.)

Over the past twenty years, I have been fundraising and managing nonprofits dedicated to improving the lives of others. From smaller local nonprofits where I was the only employee to large national organizations like Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and American Diabetes Association, I’ve taken away the best knowledge from each experience, and I look forward to sharing my insight to benefit PALS.

My favorite thing about working on behalf of nonprofits (besides the joy of helping others) is being able to connect people with the mission of the organization. I’m excited to meet and educate as many new people as possible about the value of the work PALS is doing. Please feel free to introduce me to anyone you think would be a great addition to our PALS family. I’d love to meet with them and chat about ways they could get involved.  

Personally, PALS is a perfect fit for my adventurous spirit. As a summer camp counselor in college, and a volunteer counselor for several years at a camp for kids with cancer, I understand the value of the camp experience. It not only benefits the campers, but also impacts the volunteers. I’m so happy to be part of the PALS family.

My bio would not be complete without sharing my biggest adventure to-date: Two years ago my family and I sold our house, cars, and most of our belongings to move onto a catamaran sailboat and travel. We are currently in the Bahamas and plan to spend hurricane season in North Carolina. We absolutely love our life on the water, and enjoy exploring new places. You can usually find us swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, or hiking.

I’m stopping by three Camp PALS locations next week and more camps in July/August. I hope I have a chance to meet you this summer! I’d love to hear your stories so that I can share your PALS experience with others. Thank you for welcoming me to the family!

PALS Love,

Michelle Peacock