I'm Michelle Schvabenitz, a proud Denver, Colorado native with a unique background that's shaped my journey. My story begins with my parents, refugees from Vietnam who made their way to Denver in the 1980s during the tumultuous Vietnam War era. As the first-generation Asian-American in my family, I grew up in a traditional Asian household, fluent in both Cantonese and English, and with a good grasp of Vietnamese.
Early on, my passion for science and the intricacies of the human body became evident. It was a natural progression for me to pursue a career in the medical field, with the dream of becoming a Physician's Assistant. But life had a different plan for me when, in 2013, I met my now-husband, Nicholas. Nick, a U.S. Air Force veteran, shared his deep love for aviation and his aspirations to excel as a pilot. It was through our connection that I discovered a new sense of purpose in supporting Nick's journey.
My educational path initially led me to the University of Colorado Denver, where I studied Public Health. However, the nomadic nature of life as a pilot's spouse prompted me to adapt and transfer to Kent State University in Ohio, thanks to their remote program in Public Health. Over the years, as I moved across the country, I realized that my career choices were evolving, and I found less satisfaction in my original aspirations.
After graduating, I embarked on an internship at the University of Pittsburgh, hoping it would rekindle my passion for Public Health. Unfortunately, it did not. The work felt mundane, lacking the spark I needed. I knew I had to pivot.
My journey took a new turn when I joined Nick at FlightCog, a company we've built together from the ground up. While I may not have an aviation background, the skills I've developed over the years have proven invaluable in overseeing various aspects of our business operations. On any given day, you'll find me wearing multiple hats, from making analytical decisions and managing finances to considering human factors and handling the day-to-day office tasks.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of working at FlightCog is sharing my days with Olive, our loyal Weimaraner, who adds a delightful touch to our workspace. Watching FlightCog evolve from its founding in 2014 to what it has become today has been a remarkable adventure, and I couldn't be prouder of the role I've played in its growth.
My journey has been a unique blend of cultures, interests, and opportunities, and I'm excited to see where the future leads both personally and professionally.
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