Michelle Nichols, MS, is President. Executive Director, and co-founder of the greater-Seattle based AHELP Project: The Animal Hospice, End of Life, and Palliative Care Project. AHELP's nonprofit mission initially worked toward awareness of the field, then evolved into educating professionals who aspired to incorporate end-of-life care services into their veterinary practices and allied animal and family care businesses. Now in their sixth year, AHELP now mobilizes volunteers and interdisciplinary teams to provide support and education to animal caregivers in their homes and in veterinary specialty centers. Michelle was a charter member of the IAAHPC and presented, Build your Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Team, at their 1st Annual Conference in 2011 before joining their Board of Directors in 2012. In her tenure, she has worked on their Education and Membership Committees, and as a Team co-leader on their Animal Hospice Certification Task Force. Michelle launched their Volunteer Relations Committee in 2016 and is now the Onsite Team Leader of the 2017 Conference Committee. Michelle is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and comes from 2 years of high school teaching and 10 years of experience in human genetic counseling and case management.