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Board of Directors

Michelle Coward Wells

Board Chair

Michelle Coward Wells has over 15 years experience as a health physicist and medical physicist. She is an active community volunteer, whose personal mission statement is to live life in Faith, exhibiting honesty, integrity, and excellence for family and community.

Wells began her career as a health physicist and has practiced Diagnostic and Therapeutic Medical Physics for the majority of her professional life. Wells is the 2013-2014 President of The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. She has held key leadership positions previously, such as Chairwoman of the organization’s largest operating business and voting member of the Executive and Investment Committees.

Her past positions on the Board of Directors include Vice President of Internal Operations, where she managed the League finances and internal operations, and Advisory Planning Chair, where she managed organizational governance and strategic planning.

She also serves on the state Board of Directors for the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Atlanta Speech School, Trees Atlanta, and the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. Her previous community experience includes time volunteering with the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hands On Atlanta, Midtown Assistance Center, and Habitat for Humanity. Wells is the 2013 recipient of Piedmont Atlanta Hospital’s Living the Promise Community Advocate Award.

A native of Latta, South Carolina, Wells graduated cum laude from Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina with a dual bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics. She was the recipient of the 2001 Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumnus Award from Francis Marion University. As a Presidential Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, she earned a Master of Science degree in Health Physics.

"I was born and reared in a rural South Carolina community that offered little opportunity. My mother operated a pre-K day care center and insisted every child in her care participate in language development activities. This supported our small town in ways that will never be formally recognized. Although statistically unproven, ‘her’ children generally did better after entering school. I've always believed that the daily exposure to books and language at a very early age promoted this process. (more) I'm fully convinced of this truth now that I understand some of the science and statistics behind early childhood literacy. So literacy, specifically language development in young children, is very personal to me. I benefited from my mother’s love of teaching language to young children. I am privileged to help people today in both my professional and volunteer career because of the solid foundation created at an early age."

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