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Michelle Lemming

Texoma Health Foundation
President and CEO
Michelle Lemming is the founding President and CEO of the Texoma Health Foundation created through the sale of nonprofit Texoma Medical Center in 2007. She is a recent recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Award. Inspired and motivated by mental health struggles in her family, she is on a mission to transform community-based mental wellbeing and detect mental illness early.

Michelle grew up in the small East Texas town of Kilgore. Soon after graduating from the University of Louisiana, Michelle served as a young executive director leading the first rural collaborative/network funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in Louisiana. She shares that the opportunity was instrumental in her ability to identify and connect to her passions. She quickly learned the skills and power of collaborative efforts, surrounded by servant mentors and leaders. Their work in Southern Louisiana would ultimately be modeled and replicated in rural communities across the nation.

Prior to serving in her current role, Michelle led the Health Services Recovery Council, created to move recovery efforts forward in nine rural parishes most devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Throughout her career, she has maintained and implemented a continued passion for equity and developed a devotion to creating a culture of mental wellness in rural populations. She shares that Culture of Health Leaders is one of the best experiences in her career and looks forward to the continued work ahead.