Michelle Arundale

Michelle Arundale

Learning Differences
Employment Services

As a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP™), Michelle Arundale has helped hundreds of people with disabilities obtain and maintain competitive employment in integrated community workplaces.

Michelle received a Master’s degree in Non-profit Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. She has held leadership positions at ExtensionEngine, Keane, Inc., Fidelity National Information Services (FIS Global), and Computer Science Corporation (CSC). With funding from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), Michelle has worked with adults with disabilities, helping them develop transferrable skills, set short and long-term employment goals, prepare resumes and cover letters, practice interview skills, and both seek and gain employment in their local communities.

Consulting directly with businesses interested in hiring a diverse workforce, Michelle has a unique understanding of not only how to help students find and obtain employment but also what potential employers are searching for. Assisting hiring managers, she has helped businesses recruit talent that matches their specific needs and culture, as well as customize the delivery of support that drives successful candidate job acquisition and employee retention. She emphasizes the importance of embedding principles of diversity and inclusion throughout the recruitment, development, advancement, and retention processes.

As an advisor to Arc of South Norfolk—a self-advocacy group for adults—Michelle provides leadership development, group facilitation, conflict resolution, fundraising, scholarship creation, training, and advocacy support.

A life-long learner, Michelle can be frequently found curled up on the couch with her family, reading a book or listening to a podcast. Someday, she might start writing poetry again. But, for now, she’s happy buying vintage cookbooks and reading recipes aloud in silly accents.