Michele L. Mekel, JD, MHA, MBA

Michele L. Mekel, JD, MHA, MBA is the interim director of the intercollege Bioethics Program at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). She is also a teaching professor of Bioethics and an affiliate faculty member of Penn State Law and the Rock Ethics Institute, as well as being jointly appointed to the Humanities Department of the Penn State College of Medicine. Additionally, she serves as co-principal investigator of the Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 project ( Mekel attended the University of Missouri–Columbia, where she earned Bachelor of Journalism, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Health Care Administration degrees, and a Juris Doctor degree. Her creative writing has appeared in numerous publications and on platforms, including being featured in Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, being nominated for Best of the Net, and being translated into Cherokee.

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