Born and raised in St. Marys, Michelle (Cooney) Krise graduated from Elk County Christian High School in 2001 and then attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer who has been licensed since 2004. She also holds an active Pennsylvania insurance license, which allows her to assist families who wish to purchase insurance for their final arrangements.
She lives with her husband, Roy Krise, and three sons, Alex, Marcus, and Vincent in St. Marys and they are members of Sacred Heart Church, where she also serves on Parish Council. Michelle serves as the Elk County Coroner, having been elected in 2011 and serving since 2012. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Coroner's Association and the Pennsylvania Funeral Director's Association. She is the daughter of Dick Cooney and Pam (Schatz) Hasselman, both of St. Marys.