Michelle Kemp, director of career services and student success at William Woods University and a WWU alumna, was selected as one of the Columbia Business Time’s “20 under 40” Award recipients for 2009.
The award is given to men and women under the age of 40 for their achievements in business and dedication to the community. The award recognizes talent, ambition, passion, achievement and leadership in the recipients.
A 1999 WWU graduate with a degree in psychology, Kemp earned her MBA at William Woods in 2003. Nominated for the award by her mother, Kemp was one of only five women named to the list.
Kemp says she got involved in the Columbia community because of her daughter, Jayla, 3, who has Cystic Fibrosis. She felt inspired to give back to the medical community because of her daughter’s needs.
A member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Parent Advisory Board, Kemp serves as communications chairperson. She also is a committee member, public relations chairperson and walk team leader for Great Strides, a fund-raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Kemp is also a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Care Center Newsletter committee.
Kemp and her family were Children’s Miracle Network’s featured family in 2007 and have been actively involved each year since. She is also a committee member of the Patient-Family Quality Initiative and a parent representative on the Operational Steering Committee, which oversees the Children’s Hospital move to Columbia Regional.
A Fulton resident, Kemp is also the membership secretary for the Callaway County Humane Society and a member of the Fulton Jaycees.