Advocate Spotlight: Michelle Stoltz

Office Coordinator and Advocate: Michelle Stoltz

Not only are all of our advocates trauma-informed, but every single one is deeply passionate for our mission to empower survivors and protect kids. We hope this mini-interview gives a small window into some of the talented, empathetic, and driven advocates that work at our firm.

What is your favorite thing about working at Jeff Anderson & Associates? 

Michelle: My favorite thing is working with survivors and helping them get through one of the most difficult things they’ve ever done- coming forward. And of course, working with and for the most amazing people!

Why did you apply to work at Jeff Anderson & Associates?

Michelle: It kind of happened by fate. It was a time when the country was going through a recession, and I had been working as a server to get by. Apparently, over 70 people applied! I somehow got an interview, and they asked me to meet Jeff that day. By the time I drove home, I got the call that I got the job.

What is one thing you want survivors to know?

Michelle: When you give us a call, it’s okay if you’re nervous. It’s okay if you cry. Calling and telling us about the abuse may be the first day of the rest of your life. I encourage you to go through the process because it can be life changing.

How have you grown as a person since working at Jeff Anderson & Associates?

Michelle: I have learned a lot about myself. By Jeff introducing Gallup Strengths to the firm, it has given me a lot of insight on who I am and also why I was chosen to be on this journey.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Michelle: Don’t worry about what other people think.

What is your best memory of 2022? 

Michelle: The Vikings versus the Bills game! Some coworkers and I went to Buffalo, New York for the Vikings game. It was the most amazing game I’ve ever been to in my life. And it was with people from the firm, so it was even better.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Michelle: Seafood.

What was your first job?

Michelle: Before I was old enough to have a job, I had a paper route and babysat. When I was old enough to have an official job, I worked at Burger King. I worked there all four years of high school, and they even gave me a $2,000 college scholarship.

What was the best vacation you’ve ever been on? 

Michelle: Jamaica. Twice!