Michaela was born as the middle child to working-class parents in Germany. After she met and married her husband, she immigrated to the US in 1993, where she soon decided to join the US Army.
During her military career Michaela worked multiple positions, from Food Service to Personnel Administration and Source Operations, being recognized for her hard work and integrity at all levels.
While on vacation in 2009 Michaela and her family visited Spokane and fell in love with the area. They bought a property in Chattaroy, and finally moved here in 2018 after Michaela and her husband retired.
Since her retirement Michaela has taken classes at Spokane Community College and volunteered with several campaigns, the Spokane County Democrats, as well as the 6th and 7th LD Democrats.