Senior Portfolio Manager

Michele has more than 25 years experience in financial services and has developed a specialization in working with people who are starting to seriously think about their retirement or who are retired and facing all of the complex planning issues one faces during this time.

She works with clients to coordinate decisions around investments, retirement accounts, Social Security, funding health care, tax planning, cash-flow, maximizing employer benefits, charitable gifting strategies and estate planning.

Before joining Acropolis Investment Management, Michele was the founder and managing principal of Clark Hourly Financial Planning and Investment Management for nearly nine years with an additional sixteen years at banks and investment firms.

Michele has been quoted in such online and print media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, USA Today, Market Watch, US News & World Report,, AARP, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Fox Business, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Financial Planning Magazine, St. Louis Public Radio, Yahoo Finance, St. Louis Magazine, and others.

Michele earned her B.A. from Purdue University.   She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®) practitioner, obtained the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) designation from the College for Financial Planning, and is a NAPFA Registered Investment Advisor.

Michele has volunteered her time for financial literacy outreach at Financial Planning Days, Money Smart Week, Habitat for Humanity and others.

Michele has served on the Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Association of Greater St. Louis since January 2014 and is Past President and currently serving as Chair of the Board.