Mike grew up in North Central Wisconsin, and as a kid spent most of his free time outside, primarily in the woods and waterways near his family-built log cabin in the Northwoods. Mike attended Northern Michigan University where he studied Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management with minors in English Writing and Social Welfare.
Mike has worked professionally in hunger prevention, interpretation, service, event planning, healthcare and human resources, and also as a naturalist at a small, grassroots outdoor education center in Idyllwild California. He has led extended wilderness trips during the summer seasons, most notable a 45-day backpacking expedition in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Thankful for all of these experiences, he always finds himself back at the root of his passions, which are human connection, experiential education, and the outdoors.
Mike is wrapping up a master’s degree in public administration with a focus in non-profit management, stemming from a lifelong passion for community engagement and connection. In his free time, he enjoys foraging and identification, fishing, snowboarding, writing poetry, collecting vinyl and spending quality time with close friends and family. More than anything, Mike is excited to work with FBRA to aid students in finding their voice and developing their own perspectives on the world we live in.