Michelle Barnes explains how diagnosing her unsolved illness created new opportunities in the global health research response to the current Ebola and Marburg outbreak centered in West Africa.

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Michelle Barnes is a principal at Interim Leadership Solutions, which she founded to lead non-profit organizations through complex transitions. She also worked at several national nonprofits after relocating to CO after more than a decade high tech marketing in Silicon Valley. Michelle can often be found planning her next professional challenge or her next adventure vacation. She lives in the foothills outside of Golden CO, spending as much time as possible in the mountains.

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