Accessibility Program Manager

“I wish for a world that views disability, mental or physical, not as a hindrance but as unique attributes that can be seen as powerful assets if given the right opportunities.” – Oliver Sacks

Michelle Cook Headshot 2021

Michelle joined the Eppley Institute as a Project Manager in September 2016. She brings over ten years of experience in training, evaluation, technical assistance, and implementation of physical and program accessibility in parks and recreation environments to the Eppley Institute.


With a master’s degree in Recreation Therapy and a bachelor’s degree in Health & Physical Education, Michelle brings to the Eppley team both clinical knowledge and practical experience in understanding and appreciating how people with disabilities interact with and benefit from parks, recreation, and public lands opportunities.


Michelle serves as Accessibility Program Manager, overseeing the operations of the National Center on Accessibility and administering the Foundations of Accessibility Certificate Program in addition to serving as an integral member of the National Park Service (NPS) Park Facility Management Division training team.