20 Under 40: New leaders, classic values

Michelle A. Farrell, 39
Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce

Hometown: Dexter
Professional position: Director of Events
Family: Daughter, Cora, 13; twins Rebecca and Molly, 8; partner, Kevin
Education: General Brown High School, associate’s in applied science, Jefferson Community College
Community involvement: Parishioner and Eucharistic minister, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Brownville; Diocesan Pastoral Council, Diocese of Ogdensburg; volunteer, Dexter Food Pantry; board of directors, Volunteer Transportation Center and Jefferson gala planning committee; graduate, Jefferson Leadership Institute
Last book read: “I love murder mysteries and can’t get enough cookbooks or decorating magazines.”

Michelle A. Farrell, the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce’s director of events, knows the meaning of balance.

When she is not planning more than 20 chamber events, including monthly business after hours gatherings and the summer-long Washington Street farmers market, she is volunteering for her church, aiding nonprofits and getting her three daughters to bed in time to read “P.J. Funnybunny” for the hundredth time.

With twin daughters Rebecca and Molly, and a teenager, Cora, Ms. Farrell knows that she is constantly setting an example for them to follow.

“I would have to say that my daughters are the driving force behind everything I do,” she said. “They make me want to be a better person and a better mother.”

Ms. Farrell’s oldest daughter is beginning to follow in her footsteps, volunteering monthly with the Dexter Food Pantry and even spearheading her own fundraising effort and food drive for the pantry last year with a friend from school.

“It’s amazing how kids learn by example and I was so proud of her for being involved and being willing to give herself to help other people.”

– Kyle R. Hayes
[Editor’s note: This is a truncated version of this story. For the full version, please see NNY Business in print or subscribe.]

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