About Michele

A Wife, Mother, and Counselor Relentlessly Dedicated to Others

Michele “Shelly” Megard was born and grew up in the St. Paul area where she went to high school and then went on to graduate from Mankato State University with a degree in Psychology. She returned to school and earned an advanced degree in addiction counseling in 2011.


Michele was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She will always be remembered for her unwavering selflessness, devotion to family and friends, and an infectious smile that would light up the darkest night. 


Michele served as the Treatment Director at Valhalla Place, Woodbury, MN, where she worked for more than six years. Her supervisor described her as “truly the brightest light I have ever known. Think of the most awesome person you know and multiply it by 10.” Michele was driven to help people and touched thousands of lives at Valhalla Place.


Michele believed in the inherent good in people and that there’s hope for people, even in their darkest hours. Her love for those around her extended to her employees and every person who walked through the doors of the clinic. It is that light – that hope – that is the mission and legacy of the Michele Megard Foundation. 


Follow the button below to read an article written in cooperation with Chad Megard, Shelly’s husband, for Valhalla Place.