As an assistant dean, Michael is a four-year advisor and coordinates programs for students who are exceptional in any number of "and/or" ways, in - psychiatric diagnoses, executive function disability, learning differences, experiences of trauma and recovery, and intensities that come from being highly sensitive, gifted, and/or high-achieving.
Michael was the first in his large family to complete an undergraduate degree (University of Florida, 1992). He went on to earn a PhD in Germanic studies and linguistics at Stanford University. He is never sure where to call home, having lived in about a dozen different places including Japan, Portugal, and Germany.
Michael lives with his husband, Brian, and their rescue dog, Trico, who is somehow a mix of basset hound and border collie, in the Tower Grove South neighborhood. He is a writer in his free time; his work has appeared in publications such as The Healing Muse, The Aurorean, THAT Literary Journal, and Tiferet.