Michelle Kochosky joined the DC LERA board as a Student Board Member after being elected by members at a virtual meeting held on February 14, 2024.

On March 10, 2024, Michelle accepted a promotion to serve as the Human Resources Chief for Defense Health Agency – Region 9 Continental. She started her new position in April. For the previous two years, Michelle served as a Human Resources Specialist for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon.

Past experience includes serving in Human Resources at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Defense Contract Audit Agency. From 2008 to 2018, Michelle served as the Branch Chief for the Oregon National Guard covering all benefits and quality of life programs for Reserve Component members, focusing on those serving in a combat zone.

Michelle is currently pursuing a Masters in Human Resources from Penn State World Campus. She expects to graduate and receive Society of Human Resource Managers certification in 2025.

Michelle celebrated fifteen years as a Department of Defense civilian employee in December 2024. Her previous educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Education and English from Muskingum University in Ohio. Michelle is married to Air Force veteran, Matthew Kochosky. They have boy-girl twins in sixth grade.