Board Member Gibson was appointed to the Board by Governor JB Pritzker in November 2021. She is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with over 15 years of experience in environmental consulting, waste diversion, resource management, and environmental public health. Michelle has implemented recycling and waste-reduction programs at hospitals, universities, residential facilities, military bases, manufacturing sites, and large office complexes. She has advised statewide environmental organizations on strategies for waste handling. Michelle also managed a Dekalb County solid waste program through which she worked with landfills and waste haulers to reduce residential waste. In addition, she supervised a team of Boone County environmental health inspectors to enforce standards for clean drinking water, private on-site wastewater treatment systems, and food safety, as well as sanitary conditions at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle received her Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from Illinois State University.