Michelle M. Schmitz joined the Friends team in 2020. As Director of Membership & Development, she is responsible for Friends of Birch State Park’s Membership, social media and general support for Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Michelle is a south Florida native, growing up in Deerfield Beach and attending high school at Cardinal Gibbons. She graduated from Florida State University’s Dedman School of Hospitality majoring in Business Administration and a minor in Communications.
Prior to joining Friends of Birch State Park, her career was spent in the private club industry. She has worked in Catering and Events at the Lauderdale Yacht Club and Coral Ridge Country Club and most recently as the Membership & Communications Director at the Lauderdale Yacht Club.
Michelle and her husband, Patrick (P.G.A. 1st Assistant at Coral Ridge Country Club), welcomed their daughter, Parker, into this world in July of 2020. They are enjoying life with Parker, who loves swimming in the pool and playing with her dog, Bandit!