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Mechelle was born and primarily raised in Southern California. She went to high school and college in Arizona. Mechelle and her husband Bobby moved to Rogers at the end of August 2017. It’s her favorite place she’s lived. Mechelle and her mother Laurice were recipients of the Outstanding Philanthropists Award at the 2021 virtual celebration of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northwest Arkansas Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day.

Education: B.S. Business and B.A. Public Relations, Arizona State University

Best part of your job: I am thankful to God to be able to work alongside my amazing mother, my wonderful husband and to be able to give back to our community. In terms of philanthropy, I enjoy bringing charities to my mother. For the most part, our minds align where we’d like monies to go.

What nonprofits are you involved with and why? My passion begins with a love for Jesus and to help children, neuroscience, etc. After all, children are our future. Everyone needs their health to survive. Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mercy Hospital NWA Prayer Room & expansion of neurosciences, Mercy Health Foundation NWA Women with a Mission, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest, Arkansas Children’s Foundation, North Chapel Church in Arizona, Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (13 branches) - Guadalupe Branch, The Sam & Laurice Hachem Foundation Boys & Girls Club of Temple Terrace, The Sam & Laurice Hachem Foundation Boys & Girls Club of Town N’ Country, Boys & Girls Club of Benton County, Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County, Children’s Safety Center, CASA of NWA, St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Vincent de Paul Phoenix & NWA, Arkansas Athletes Outreach, Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter, Hope Cancer Resources, First Tee – Northwest Arkansas, NWA Young Life, Young Life Manhattan Beach, American Heart Association, Equestrian Bridges, Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, Taylor McKeen Shelton Foundation, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Razorback Foundation, Red Cross, United States Marshals Museum, Law Enforcement Assistance Program (L.E.A.P.), St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish, First Baptist Church of Rogers, Fellowship Church, Salvation Army, as well as, other wonderful charities.

What do you do for fun?

I love Jesus, reading the Bible, devotionals, praying daily and going to church. I love & enjoy spending time with my amazing husband & our precious pups, my incredible mother, my terrific father, my great family, and dear friends. I am pretty much a homebody & a big kid at heart. I love seeing God’s beauty every day. I really enjoy working out, weightlifting, doing cardio & swimming. I enjoy singing, going to the movies and to dinner with my husband.

Surprising facts about you: I was in the circus when I was in school - doing acrobatics, multiple trapeze, roman ladders and webs. After college, I did modeling and also, acted in television, movies and commercials and am a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA). I never compromised my morals or values. My Father thought that I was supposed to save Hollywood. It was a blessing that God opened doors for me to be on shows that were difficult for people to be on, as well as, allowed me to plant seeds in others hearts for Him.