As the chief advancement officer at YMCA of Rock River Valley, Inc., in Rockford, Illinois, Michelle Gorham, ’89, M.S. ’92, feels most fulfilled when she can be helping her community. Having earned her B.A. in organizational communication and her M.S. in public health, she is an experienced fundraising professional who uses the practice of philanthropy to advance the mission of an organization by matching donors with their passions. A reliable NIU volunteer, Gorham has strong ties to the school that taught her about that it’s all about relationships. Read more.