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performance artist , Communications educator , Communications executive

Michelle Courtney Berry, American communications executive, communications educator, performance artist. Named Distinguished Alumna Harpur College, 1999, Woman of Year Status of Women Council, 1997; recipient Outstanding Public Relations award United Way of America, 1997, regional winner Southern Tier Performance Poets; 2000 regional winner Grand Poetry Slam.


Berry, Michelle Courtney was born on February 17, 1967 in New York City. Daughter of Glenn Walter and Dorothy Williams Wright.


Bachelor, Binghamton University, New York, 1988. MPS, Cornell University, 1992.


President Courtney Consultant, Binghamton, since 1992. Director community relations City of Binghamton, 1993-1996. Community coordinator Gannett Foundation and PEW Charitable Trusts, Binghamton, 1996-1999.

Communications and media relations officer The Johnson School, Cornell University, 1999-2000. Director communications and media relations Wells College, Aurora, New York, since 2000. Consultant Chase, International Business Machines Corporation, Universal Instruments, Cornell University.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: The Month of Not Speaking, 1997. Opening poet for Doctor Maya Angelou, 1995. Poet-in-residence New York State Division for Youth, since 2001, Ithaca School District, since 2001.


Vice chair public relations, board directors United Way of Broome City, Vestal, 1997-2000. Board directors 21st & Wells, Aurora, New York, 1990-1992. Chair Partnership for Peace, Broome City, New York, 1995-1996.

Fundraiser The United Way, Broome City, 1994-1999. Critical incidence stress debriefer CISD National, since 1994. Board directors Discovery Center Children's Museum, 1994-1996.

Advisory member Historic Ithaca, since 2001, marketing committee since 2001. Elderperson, Common Council, City of Ithaca, since 2004. City councilwoman, alderwoman, alternate acting mayor City of Itaca.

Board directors History Center, Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Southside Community Center, Tompkins County United Way, Human Services Coalition, since 2004. Member Broome City Performing Arts (veterans arena 1998-2000).


  • Other Interests

    Reading, travel, skiing, writing, collecting antiques.


Married Robert Wesley Lofthouse.

Glenn Walter

Dorothy Williams Wright

Robert Wesley Lofthouse.