Michelle Roberts, MEd, MSJ, LPC, NCC, a trauma therapist and award-winning journalist, is the executive director of Bravely. She is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. Ms. Roberts is also a PhD candidate in clinical mental health counseling at the University of Missouri — St. Louis. She also holds a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling from the same university, as well as a masters in journalism from Northwestern University. A nationally certified psychotherapist, she also operates her own private practice, the St. Louis-based Relational Trauma Recovery Center, where she works with clients, mostly women, whose PTSD, anxiety, depression, and addictions were caused by past relationship trauma and abuse. Roberts' approach to her work in session and at Bravely is feminist and multiculturally informed.
Cooper is the manager of Bravely's social enterprise apparel company, WearBravely, responsible for order fulfillment, creative oversight, reordering, special events and employee schedules. Cooper is a resident of Bravely and soon-to-be program graduate.
Gretchen Nichols is responsible for grant writing, donor cultivation and solicitation, special event planning and donor database management. She has almost 20 years experience in all aspects of fundraising and is passionate about using her skills to further the work of organizations that serve women, children and families. Prior joining the Bravely staff, Nichols worked in development roles for Safe Connections, Central Institute for the Deaf, the YMCA of Southwestern Illinois and the Metro East Humane Society. She holds a Master of Public Policy Administration with a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.