Newsmaker

July 30, 2006|By CHRIS YAKAITIS

Michelle T. Stallings

Occupation

Director of the Office of Field Operations for the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

In the News

Stallings organized, coordinated and staffed the repatriation center at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to help American evacuees from Lebanon return to their homes as quickly as possible. Her work brought together various state agencies, the American Red Cross and other nonprofit organizations to provide 24-hour support for the repatriation effort.

Career Highlights

Stallings has worked with the field operations office for about 2 1/2 years. She became director of the office one year ago, and her first major operation involved relocating displaced Gulf Coast residents after Hurricane Katrina. She has also assisted with the relocation of people after the recent flooding on the Eastern Shore. Stallings previously worked in the telecommunications industry, with MCI and MCI Worldcom for 14 years and Allegiance Telecom for two years.

Personal

Born in Durham, N.C., Stallings, 39, moved frequently as a child with her military family, settling in Southern Maryland. She is married to Alan Craig Stallings and has six children: Latoya Cofield, 23, Janelle Stallings, 16, Alan Edward Stallings, 14, Jada Stallings, 9, Cameron Stallings, 7, and Bryce Stallings, 17 months. She has one grandchild. Stallings, who lives in Glendale, is completing a bachelor's degree in business administration from Colorado Technical University.

Philosophy

"You can never give enough of yourself. I tell my children that all the time."

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