B.S. Business Administration, Concentration in Information System Management, North Carolina State University, 2001.
While growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Michael first experienced wanderlust during family sabbaticals to Haiti and the Turks & Caicos Islands, a vocation to which he eventually surrendered fully. Shortly after university graduation, Michael continued his education as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. He served first as a Community and Economic Development Promoter, working with a farmers’ cooperative in a small mountain village, and then later as a Regional Leader, acting as a liaison between government ministries, development organizations, and other volunteers in the field. Eager to learn another tongue and gain instructing experience, Michael joined the JET Program for two years in Japan, teaching English in a junior high school, studying Japanese, and enjoying the mountains of northern Honshu. Seeking to return to the international development field, he soon after assumed a position working for an educational NGO/educational tour operator in Cambodia.
Michael joined Dragons in 2009, first working as an instructor in Cambodia, and since has led programs in Southeast Asia, India, Bolivia, China, and Panama. He also spent three years as part of the Dragons administration, serving as a Program Director and member of the Risk Management team.
When not leading trips abroad, Michael calls Lyons, Colorado home and spends his time cycling, fly-fishing, backpacking, baking, writing, dabbling with home and garden projects, and running a bed & breakfast.