CEO of Harbor House, Central Florida
With nearly 20 years in leadership and nonprofit experience, Michelle Sperzel currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Harbor House of Central Florida. During the past two years, she’s focused on improving processes for survivors; started conversations within our community around the epidemic; opened the new temporary housing facility on the Harbor House campus; and implemented youth programs to stem the tide of violence.
Prior to Harbor House, Sperzel led several nonprofit organizations through administrative and direct service program development. She came to Harbor House by way of Girls in the Game in Chicago, IL, which empowers all girls to be gamechangers; but her experience with domestic violence within Florida came when she led Shelter House in Ft. Walton Beach.
While at Shelter House, Michelle worked in rural and at-risk programs for women, children and men. She started numerous survivor-defined programs including literacy, economic justice, youth and prevention, transitional housing, an on-site kennel at the emergency shelter and an on-site mental health program. In 2009, she and her staff were presented with the governor’s Promote Peace, Prevent Domestic Violence award for creating and implementing a model youth prevention program that addressed stereotypes, self-esteem and bullying. In Florida, Michelle also served on several local boards and was involved in numerous community projects that addressed family violence, homelessness and social justice. Her passion is for social change work that creates advocacy for issues related to violence against women and children.
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