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February Model Ram - Michelle M. Perkey

January 31, 2017

The Model Ram for the month of February is Michelle M. Perkey. Michelle graduated from ASU with a B.B.A. and M.B.A. in Accounting. She is a CPA/Partner with Oliver Rainey and Wojtek. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and teaching Sunday school.


Name: Michelle M. Perkey

Major: Accounting

Graduation Year: 1997


Please give us a little bit of your background, your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc. 

I was born and raised in Artesia, NM.  While in high school, I was active in student government and sports.  I still love shooting basketball with my boys and have recently started taking tennis lessons.  I enjoy being with my family, whether it be at home on a Saturday morning just visiting or relaxing on the beach.  I also enjoy teaching Sunday school.   

What is your current occupation?

I am a CPA/Partner with Oliver Rainey and Wojtek.

While at ASU were you involved in any organizations or teams and if so, what was your role in these?

I was part of Angel Flight and Delta Sigma Pi.  I held the position of treasurer for a few years for Delta Sigma Pi.

In what ways did ASU help you to achieve your goals after graduation?  

Being part of campus life on my own gave me the courage to try new activities as well as meet people. 

What skills did you take away from ASU?

The skills I took away from ASU included organization and management.  When I was a senior, the masters in business administration in accounting program was just getting underway.  Although I was ready to just be done with all this college stuff, my mom STRONGLY encouraged me to stay and apply for graduate school.  Graduate classes gave me many more opportunities to apply the skills I was learning and to be more prepared for the working world.  I was able to learn how to manage extra-curricular activities, work, and my class load.  ASU taught me all the skills necessary to be a CPA in an accounting firm. 

Were there any faculty or staff that made a difference for you during your time at ASU? 

I would have to say that one of the most memorable classes I took was Business Communication with Professor Holcomb.  It was one of those classes where you heard stories about the difficulty.  It was difficult, but taught me the skills necessary for getting a job. 

What is one of your fondest memories of ASU?

I enjoyed several activities with Angel Flight and Delta Sigma Pi.  The fundraisers and banquets were fun.  However, my best memory is graduation.  I had made it! The joy of reaching that goal, knowing that I had a job in my field of study was awesome. 

Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you?

ASU is success and the knowledge that you can succeed at your career goals