Michele Hochstetter

Coalition Team Members, Our Team

AGAPE Central New York Family Support Specialist

michele@affcny.org | 607-272-0034 X1025

Michele began her work as a Family Support Specialist with the Coalition in April 2019As a foster and adoptive mother of the sweetest boy ever, she has been beyond grateful for the support her family has received from the Coalition. Her family also receives support from both the Tompkins County young children’s support group and the transracial support group.

Michele has been working as a certified sign language interpreter since 1985. American Sign Language and the empowerment of Deaf people is one of her passions. Her first “family of choice” was working with the same group of D/deaf children from the ages of 5 – 18.  Throughout her career she deviated from interpreting and worked in human service agencies supporting people with addictions and people with developmental disabilities. Michele loves her work as an interpreter but also acknowledges the need to have her own voice, a chance to ask her own questions and give voice to her own knowledge and experiences.

She and her family live down the street from a waterfall and they love to camp, bike, play games, and spend time with friends.

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