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Michelle McClenehan of NNSA's Sandia Field Office is rooting for the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
Michelle McClenehan of NNSA's Sandia Field Office is rooting for the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
Michelle McClenehan delivers holiday toys donated by members of the 505 New Mexico Niner Empire.
Michelle McClenehan delivers holiday toys donated by members of the 505 New Mexico Niner Empire.

Originally from California, Michelle has been a fan of the pro football team for as long as she can remember. In fact, when she was born she came home from the hospital in a 49ers outfit made by her cousin.

McClenehan joined the 505 New Mexico Niner Empire in 2013. After working her way up the ranks, she was elected chapter president in 2017.

The best part of working for NNSA at the field office is being part of a great team. I know that I am making a difference and contributing to the success of the organization, just like the 49ers.

Michelle McClenehan
executive administrative specialist, NNSA Sandia Field Office

“I truly believe in the motto of the Niner Empire that ‘football brought us together, Niner Empire made us family’ and adapted it for our chapter,” McClenehan said. The 505 New Mexico Niner Empire motto is “One team, one family, one Empire.”

In addition to hosting watch parties, 505 New Mexico Niner Empire members participate in local events, hold charity drives, and host fundraisers to give back to the community. All events are family friendly and even fans of other teams are welcome to participate.

“I love my Niner Empire family and have made so many close friends and community connections while being part of this organization,” McClenehan said. “It’s a privilege and an honor to serve as the president of the 505 New Mexico Niner Empire.”

Members of the 505 New Mexico Niner Empire gather for a group photo following their annual barbecue.
Members of the 505 New Mexico Niner Empire gather for a group photo following their annual barbecue.