Michelle Hayes – Adjutant


Michelle was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an Ordnance (Maintenance) Officer through ROTC at Louisiana State University. She is an Operation Desert Storm Veteran, where she deployed with the VII Corps support units out of southern Germany. After completing her company command at Fort Hood, Texas, Michelle left active military service.  After spending several years working as a logistics support consultant for the Department of Defense, Michelle left the defense industry to work for Harrah’s New Orleans Casino and Hotel, first as the employment manager and later as the employee relations and internal communications manager. She has also served as adjunct faculty for Tulane University’s College of Continuing Studies. Michelle joined the VA’s Veteran Employment Services Office in October 2011 as Veterans Employment Specialist for VISN 16, which encompasses Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, East Texas.  Michelle holds a master’s of science in human resources management from Troy University and is a certified professional in human resources (PHR).