Michelle Kempema is in her 13th year as Executive Director of the Colorado Model Railroad Museum (CMRM).  Under her leadership the CMRM has grown to be an internationally known model railroad attraction and a leader in promoting the hobby.  Michelle was a recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Tourism Frontline Worker award from the Colorado Tourism Office and was also a recipient of the 2018 “Northern Colorado Woman of Distinction Award” from BizWest.  Michelle is active in both her community and the model railroad industry.  She is on the Steering Committee for the Women in Model Railroading SIG and volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Train Show and the NMRA.  She also writes a monthly column in Cowcatcher Magazine.  In her community she serves on many event committees and is certified for Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (rail safety).   She is an alumnus of the University of Northern Colorado, Monfort College of Business and is married to Keith Kempema and has 2 daughters, a dog and a cat.