Mike currently serves as the Senior Director for Education and Career Training at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), where he provides strategic management and operational oversight of the Onward to Opportunity Program. Onward to Opportunity provides no-cost employment training, industry certifications and career services to transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses at 20 military communities throughout the United States as well as virtually to participants stationed overseas.
He is a native of Waterloo, New York, where he enlisted in the Army in 1987 as an Infantryman – serving with the 101st Airborne, Fort Campbell, KY, and achieving the rank of Sergeant prior to entering the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Southern Illinois University.
In 1994, Mike was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Aviation Branch. Upon completion of flight school, he was assigned to Germany as a Blackhawk Platoon Leader; participating in numerous operations throughout Europe to include Operation Provide Comfort and Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Returning from Germany, he served in various assignments throughout the US to include: Company Commander – 10th Aviation Brigade, Embedded Training Team Chief – 203rd Corps Afghan National Army in Afghanistan, Executive Officer – US Army Syracuse Recruiting Battalion, Professor of Military Science – Saint Bonaventure University, finally culminating 28 years of service as the Professor of Military Science at Syracuse University.