In remembrance of Michelle P. Smith, it is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a remarkable person who touched the lives of many during her tenure as the COO of Hoosier Families from 2018-2023.
Michelle was an exceptional leader who brought her skills, passion, and dedication to the Hoosier Families team. Her unwavering commitment to the organization's mission and vision was evident in all that she did. She was a driving force in propelling the organization forward, leading with integrity, and inspiring those around her to do their best.
Michelle's contributions to Hoosier Families were immeasurable. She was instrumental in developing and implementing new programs that improved the lives of families across Indiana. Her expertise in organizational development and strategic planning helped to guide the organization through periods of growth and change.
Michelle was more than a colleague; she was a friend and mentor to many. Her kindness, generosity, and sense of humor endeared her to all who knew her. She was always willing to lend an ear or offer advice, and her guidance made a difference in countless lives.
Although we mourn the loss of Michelle, we celebrate her life and the impact she had on the world. Her legacy will live on through the lives she touched and the work she accomplished at Hoosier Families. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Michelle. You will be deeply missed.
Hoosier Families is a non-profit organization that provides Community Based programs for Indiana children and families.
Hoosier Families is committed to utilizing evidence-based practices to strengthen, rebuild and reunite the individuals and families we encounter. We are committed to the ongoing engagement and collaboration with other child and family welfare programs, including state agencies, to strengthen our family’s connections to community resources. We are committed to go above and beyond for our children & families to ensure educational and judicial equity. We are committed to our hoosier families.
Founder & Executive Director
Alexander Burks is the founder and Executive Director. His foundation is the Child & Family Welfare sector and has dedicated his life to protecting and advocating for at-risk populations.
Ciera brings her extensive background in individual, marriage, and family counseling, mood disorders, women’s issues, self-esteem issues, abuse, trauma, grief/loss, and more.