Michele Arluna - Director
Michele is a wife (husband is Rob) and mom of four children (twin girls: Julianne and Abbie, and two sons: Anthony and Adrian).
The youngest son, Adrian was born with a heart condition. Adrian was born with hypoplastic right heart, double-inlet left ventricle, l-transposition of the great arteries, coarctation of the aorta and ventricular septal defect, just to name a few more… Adrian has undergone 3 open heart surgeries including the Norwood procedure at 3 days old, bidirectional Glenn at 3 months old and Fontan at 6 years old.
Adrian was a part of history in the summer of 2015 when he was one of the first campers to attend the inaugural year of Merry Heart Children’s Camp. Adrian had the best time of his life- those were his own words. Seeing how magical the experience of this camp transformed Adrian and drew out such strength and confidence inspired Michele to want to get involved with Merry Heart Children’s Camp and make sure that every heart child in Oregon could have the opportunity to feel the way Adrian felt from experiencing a camp just for them!
Michele is a native east coaster (New York/New Jersey) and made her way to Oregon by way of San Diego. She is a Penn State majoring in Economics. Her background is in Retail Planning and Buying. Michele is involved with Make-A-Wish Foundation as a Wish Granter. She spends most of her “spare” time volunteering at her children’s schools and church where she taught LifeKids for 5 years. Most weekends are spent as a cheerleader/chauffer for her children who are involved in soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, and karate. She loves music and running and is a huge New York Yankees fan.