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Michelle Reugebrink

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NBC-HWC, Mindfulness & Resiliency program manager and Master Coach

Michelle’s recent positions held were Civil Rights Training Specialist and Health, Wellness, and Resiliency Manager. Michelle worked for 16 years on wildland fire engines, hand crews, and hotshot crews and still holds fire quals. She worked several years as an Occupational Health and Safety Manager for the Pacific Southwest Region in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. Michelle was featured in the April 2018, 5th anniversary edition of Mindful magazine for her work around Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and coaching. Michelle was also featured in TIME magazine’s anniversary addition September 2018, 2019, & 2020 for her work in teaching mindfulness. She received the Regional Forester’s Honor Award in Safety Leadership in November 2011. Michelle is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), a Professional Integrative Health Coach through Duke University’s Integrative Medicine program, a member of the International Coaching Federation and (ICF-MCC), Executive coach, and a member of the Global Integrative Health Coaching Alliance. Michelle is a senior mentor for the Federal Internal coach program through Office of Personnel Management and the first in the federal government to be a Master Certified Coach. Michelle is a Certified Personal Trainer through American Council on Exercise. Michelle is a certified MBSR teacher through the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Michelle completed Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Resiliency training to benefit First Responders. Michelle co-authored two Pocket guides, “Stress Control and Resilience and Crisis Intervention” and “Recovering from Traumatic Stress”, in 2014. Michelle is a certified Forest Therapy Guided through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Michelle is an active advocate for restorative and transformative justice. Michelle is also a certified Holistic Stress Management Instructor.

In April of 2012, Michelle was part of a documentary for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation to share stories and learn from a fatality fire in 1994 “Storm King Mountain”. In 2008, Baskin-Robbins and the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation named Michelle Reugebrink one of America's 31 Firefighting Heroes. This honor recognizes her for outstanding acts of valor and commitment to the ideals of community service and protection of life as a Forest Safety Officer and wildland firefighter. In 2007, Michelle received the Chief's award for Health and Safety, in honor of and appreciation for "Her Passion and Caring for Employee Safety and Well Being." Michelle is a member of the Central Valley and Sierra Foothills Critical Incident Stress Management Team, qualified in Crisis Management Briefing, Defusing and CISD (Debriefing), Individual and Group Crisis Intervention. Michelle is also a Peer-coach Trainer - Helping firefighters deal with psychological stress from daily routine and extraordinary events.

Michelle is a qualified soccer coach through the American Sports Education Program and coached 10 years for American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and is and Advanced soccer Coach for AYSO. Michelle is married to Robert Reugebrink who works for the USFS as a Road Manager. Her oldest son is attending the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine Physician Assistant Studies. Her youngest son completed his 5 years of college with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics and works for EN Engineering. Their family is avid outdoor people. They enjoy hiking / dirt bikes / quads / downhill mountain biking. They love spending time together. They have a cat named Aki. The most important thing to Michelle is to provide the container for every person to be present, to belong, hold optimal health and well-being inside and out, enjoy their life and loved ones fully, and to bring their BEST energy to those who mean the most to them at the end of the day.

“Enjoy Being. Remember, do not worry about tomorrow as you will lose today.” ~ Michelle Reugebrink