Meet AJ Turner

Michele Sok holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Social Work from Texas State University, along with a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Survey Research and a certificate in Public and Non-Profit Management from the University of Connecticut’s School of Public Policy.  Michele has dedicated the past two decades both personally and professionally to having an impact on communities both locally, nationally, and internationally.  Michele can remember back to her earliest memory of collecting coins and donations as a child at Halloween to donate to UNICEF and being excited to have an opportunity to help other children.  These earliest acts of service shaped her into the individual she is today.  This desire to serve others continued into college when she first had the opportunity to support individuals and communities in Mozambique and Mexico through service trips, along with service work in New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. Through her work at Rescue | The Behavior Change Agency, she has played a key role in developing behavior change messaging to help many underserved populations across the country combat the fentanyl crisis and the opioid epidemic.    

Outside of work, Michele is the President of the Junior League of Hartford and has spent the past two years developing a new 3-year strategic plan for the League, along with redefining the League’s Community Impact Focus Area.  One of Michele’s biggest personal accomplishments was bringing a Weekend School Backpack Program to her school district during the pandemic and being able to see the tangible difference it has made in providing nutrition to youth and families for the past 4 years.  When she’s not working or civically engaged, Michele is an avid runner and also loves spending time with her family, including her husband Mike and her two young children, Matthew and Emma.