Alumni Spotlight: Michelle McDyre
Michelle McDyre, a 2013 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, currently works with a child advocacy center in Montgomery County. As a Penn State student, Michelle worked at LionLine and was a member of the criminal justice club, working on their speaker series. Today, Michelle lives in Phoenixville, PA, and enjoys trying new Pinterest recipes, tending to her (way too many) indoor plants, and spending time with friends and family.
Michelle graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science in Crime, Law, and Justice with a concentration in Legal Studies and a minor in Sociology. Michelle was inspired to pursue a criminal justice degree because of her family; her father is a retired chief of police and she grew up in a law enforcement family. She has been passionate about social justice issues since she was a child, as she was always trying to take a cause and make it better. Her passions shifted from animal abuse to child abuse, but she is still able to see her childhood dreams come full circle.
Michelle currently works for Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center. Her job ties together her passions for public speaking, fundraising, and non-profit organizations into one. In her role, she can directly impact her community by creating child abuse prevention training. In the training, she teaches small children about body language, secrets versus surprises, and safe adults to talk to. She also teaches adult focus prevention training, showing adults how to recognize signs of child abuse. Her county is the third-largest in PA, and her goal is to educate at least 5% of the population.
Michelle credits Penn State for teaching her who she is as a person, and her favorite line of the Alma Mater is “may no act of ours bring shame”. She says that her college years were very formative years of her life, and learning how to network was crucial for her landing her job today. Her Penn State degree has helped her move up the corporate ladder and meet people she shares something in common with Penn State. Michelle made many close friends at Penn State and still talks to them today. If Michelle could thank Penn State, for one thing, it would be for making her the adult she is today. She also encourages current students to think of the life they want after college, and how important it is to make an impact on your community.
If you are interested in what Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center does, visit missionkidscac.org
~ Rachel Betz