Mrs. Branning was elected to the Fort Mill School Board in 2014. During her time on the board she has served as the chair for the policy committee, vice chairman and has served on the Strategic Planning Committee. She has earned Level 5 for outstanding boardmanship from the South Carolina School Boards Association. She is the Region 13 Director for the South Carolina School Boards Association and has served on their legislative, policy, financial, nominating and awards committees. Michele is a Rotarian with the Fort Mill Rotary Club, a Rotary board member, a Paul Harris Fellow and the 2016, 2017 & 2020 Rotarian of the Year. She was the club President for the 2017-18 Rotary year. She was instrumental in the monthly service projects impacting our community locally and abroad always using #ServiceAboveSelf, a motto she lives. She has received a Meritorious Mast from the Fort Mill High School JROTC and Eagle honor for her dedication and support to the cadets and program since 2013. Mrs. Branning is a licensed real estate professional in both North and South Carolina working with Keller Williams Fort Mill, is a co-owner of a Power Sports business and is the former co-owner of several mobility facilities, which offer wheelchair accessible vehicles and equipment for people with special needs and disabilities. She is the proud mother of Michael, a graduate of Fort Mill High School now attending the University of South Carolina and Nik, a 2012 graduate of Fort Mill High School and a graduate of Furman University now teaching conversational English and American culture in China and Hong Kong. Michele is originally from Indiana and attended Purdue University. Before being elected to the Board, Mrs. Branning was involved in Fort Mill Schools, spearheading Pleasant Knoll Elementary School’s inaugural Parent Teacher Organization where she served as President and was the 2013 Bond Referendum Co-Chair. Michele has served on School Improvement Councils at her children’s schools as well as holding numerous committee and board positions within all parent booster organizations. She was a founding member and board member for The Fort Mill Gridiron Club, serving as fundraising chairperson for the first 2 years as well as secretary. She is the past President and Vice President of the Fort Mill High School JROTC booster club.