Michael has been with the agency since 2009. He holds a Master of Science degree in Human Services Administration from Buffalo State College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Luther College. In 1998, Michael started his professional career as a case manager at AIDS Community Services of Western New York, Inc. in 1999, Michael joined the Olmsted Center for Sight and held several positions with the organization, including Case Manager, Program Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor and Communications Specialist/Student Services Adviser. In 2005, Michael became the director of Development and Public Relations for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, and in 2007 he joined Upstate New York Transplant Services as their Director of Education.
In addition to Michael’s professional work, he is a choir member at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo (UUCB) and the chair of the Multi-Identity Committee, sponsored by both UUCB and Adoption STAR.
As Associate Director for Adoption STAR, Michael will plan, organize and direct the day-to-day operations of the Development Department. In addition he will assist the CEO in the implementation of strategies and systems that insure that agency operations meet the highest standards of quality. Michael will also establish and maintain relationships with other agencies and organizations in the community. He will enhance his current role as Project Lead of the federally-funded Infant Adoption Awareness Training Project by conducting and overseeing marketing and outreach related activities in an effort to arrange in-services and new partnerships between Adoption STAR and organizations within the community.
Michael is a strong and passionate speaker, and an enthusiastic advocate of permanency planning. As an adoptive father he treasures the fact that he can be a part of the adoption process.
While Michael’s directorship with the agency formally begins on June 4, he is already working toward a goal important to him – increasing the organization’