Name (at graduation and now): Micah Marie Guindon ‘99
Colleges attended, degrees earned: Guilford College (2003) Bachelor of Science in (double major) Elementary Education and Community & Justice Studies; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2015) Master of Public Administration.
Occupation(s), career goals: Currently, I am the Fiscal Operations Manager at Orange County’s Department of Social Services. Former jobs include elementary school teacher, non-profit management at an adult education center, and public policy researcher. My favorite job of all time was being a swim instructor at the YWCA in Asheville, NC when I was 19.
Hobby, recreation, or passion outside work: I love to spend time with friends and family preferably cooking, eating, and being outside.
Family acquired (spouse, partner, mate? children, pets, houseplants?) Gigi Burkhalter is my wonderful partner. We met in college in an anti-racism training and have shared many wonderful years since. We had our first son, Santi, in August of 2017. We also have had two wonderful doggies, Mason and Sunday, in our lives for the past decade.
City and state where you live now, and travel history (if applicable): I currently live in Durham, North Carolina. Lived in Greensboro, North Carolina from 1999-2013. Had incredible opportunities for extended travel and study in Costa Rica, Japan, and Chile.
In what way did your time at Olney influence your later life? Olney has influenced my life in more ways than I can name. I grew up on campus: in the kitchen with my Grandma Dorothy, in the orchards and barns with my Grandpa Cliff and Uncle Don, and on the soccer field with my Papa Leonard. Olney students raised me too; talk about the cream-of-the-crop in terms of babysitters! Once I became a student at Olney, the community was remarkable spiritually, academically, and socially. While those years were tumultuous ones for Olney as an institution, the community and love I experienced in the collection room, dorm, classrooms, and on the hockey field was transformative. It was a wonderful place to spend my teenage years. Being surrounded by friends from all over the world as well as dedicated and intelligent staff, all nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains: it is an experience I am forever grateful to have had.