Michelle LaRue, a 2001 Eatonville High School graduate from Eatonville High was chosen as one of the 40 under 40 to watch by South Sound Business, and was recognized at a ceremony Oct 2nd.

Michelle LaRue, 35 is a South Sound native through and through: She grew up in Eatonville, attended Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and now serves as the director of strategic engagement for the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties.

When she joined the YMCA team in 2007, she brought her love of storytelling from her journalism background with her; this has translated into effective communication and community-building that has made her a well-respected mentor and leader. LaRue lives in Puyallup with her husband; two daughters; and a personal zoo of seven chickens, two cats, and a dog.

First Job: Data entry at a medical billing company.

Hobbies: Running, blog writing, hiking, camping, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Currently Reading: Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

Best Advice Received: To have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and to never stop learning.

See the complete list of recipients at: https://southsoundbiz.com/40-under-40/

Photo by Michael Nunes