Michelle Allender-Smith is a master’s prepared registered nurse and has over 25 years of experience in the health care arena; and is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI). She has held several positions to include Director of Perioperative Services where she was responsible for managing a multimillion dollar operation. In addition she was the Corporate Director for Clinical Resource Management at the Health System Office (HSO), both for Bon Secours Health System where she enjoyed a 24 year career. In February 2009, Michelle transitioned to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality as a Nurse Consultant and was subsequently promoted to the position of Health Insurance Specialist. In April 2011, Michelle joined the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) as the Director of Health Equity (OHE).