When Michael Nagle walked through the blue door of the yellow house known as The Children’s Room in 2006, becoming the Chair of the Board of Directors was the furthest thing from his mind. Michael, his wife Melyne, and oldest daughter Izzy participated in grief support services after losing their youngest daughter, Sophia, one week after her first birthday.

Michael Nagle at The Children's Room breakfastA few months from now, The Children’s Room will bid a warm thank you to Michael as his Board Chair term ends. With a strong desire to give back to The Children’s Room, Michael accepted the invitation to join the board in 2014. “It was the most cohesive board I have had the pleasure to serve on. The amount of individual trust, the ability to engage in thought-provoking opinion sharing, and the commitment to the mission are unifying elements across all the members.”

Chosen as Chair of the Board in 2016, Michael is particularly proud of several accomplishments while at The Children’s Room.

“The relationship we have established between the board and the Executive Director and her staff is outstanding. Secondly, the focus on board recruitment has allowed us to identify and recruit for needed competencies, including the addition of young professional leadership that will guide us as we grow.”

When asked if Michael had any advice for incoming Chair, Jenny Carlson-Pietraszek, he responded, “continue to leverage the many powerful board voices and enhance the partnership between the board and the Executive Director.”

As we extend a gracious virtual handshake and hug to Michael, we wish him luck in his new adventures.