Michelle Doyle Share

Dec 9, 2021  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Michelle Doyle is a very active neigh­bor­hood leader hav­ing achieved 2 match­ing grants in recent years to plant trees along the boule­vard of Euclid Neigh­bor­hood in Mar­i­on. The project began in 2018, and today, 38 new trees are plant­ed to sus­tain beau­ty, qual­i­ty of life, and envi­ron­men­tal vital­i­ty there.

Doyle is a go-get­ter fueled on dis­cov­ery of shared visions espe­cial­ly when it comes to com­mu­ni­ty improve­ments. Her vol­un­teer expe­ri­ence with Habi­tat for Human­i­ty taught her the rewards of shared vision put into action, as well as per­se­ver­ance, when cham­pi­oning for a project. While liv­ing in Dal­las, TX, Doyle led an effort to improve the qual­i­ty of life for patrons of a park near the local Boys & Girls Club by adding pic­nic tables. As a result of achiev­ing com­mu­ni­ty sup­port and even cut­ting through red tape, the project mate­ri­al­ized. She used that suc­cess sto­ry to build her con­fi­dence in pur­su­ing projects here in Mar­i­on. The expe­ri­ence taught her lessons that helped her with the recent Euclid tree project.

Doyle voiced grat­i­tude for the Com­mu­ni­ty Foundation’s match­ing funds for the tree project phas­es, and the hard work and sup­port from her fel­low neigh­bors as well as the City of Mar­i­on and Com­fort Landscapes.

Doyle is an adjunct pro­fes­sor for the Struc­tures course of the Art and Design Divi­sion of Indi­ana Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty. This year, she ral­lied her stu­dents and a fel­low col­league to par­tic­i­pate with the Grant Coun­ty Habi­tat for Human­i­ty in build­ing the Jones home.

Peo­ple and design were cit­ed as Doyle’s pas­sions. They com­ple­ment each oth­er. Good design helps qual­i­ty of life, makes life more whole, eas­i­er, and need-ful­fill­ing. My expe­ri­ence helps me bring needs and resources togeth­er to help peo­ple live a bet­ter life.”

Doyle, orig­i­nal­ly from North Ver­non, IN, is a proud Mar­i­on home­own­er. She and her hus­band, Kevin, have two twin boys. A recent local pod­cast, Where We Land­ed,” fea­tured Doyle and her love for liv­ing in Mar­i­on. She high­light­ed many nat­ur­al and man­made attrac­tions of the city includ­ing the Gar­dens of Mat­ter Park, Mis­sissinewa Riv­er, and the many his­tor­i­cal buildings.

Doyle serves on the boards of the YMCA, Cham­ber of Com­merce, Mar­i­on Rotary, and Board of Zon­ing Appeals.

Doyle has been run­ning the Mar­i­on office of Hal­stead Archi­tects since grad­u­at­ing with her master’s from Ball State University.

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