Michael joined the New Leaf team in August of 2015.
Prior to coming aboard, he had a long career in higher education development. Like matching speakers with events, he matched donors with projects, creating “win-win” situations. He’s a triple threat with his undergrad, graduate and doctorate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!), Salem State University (just down the road from New Leaf’s headquarters in Marblehead), and the University of Vermont (in beautiful Burlington where he lives between the campus and Lake Champlain), respectively. After leaving academia, he consulted in fundraising, prospecting, and management for several non-profits.
To mix things up, he also catered, bartended, shushed library patrons, opened his home to overnight guests, and drove limousines. Michael is an active volunteer and currently sits on the board of Vermont CARES and was formerly a board member and chair of the Fletcher Free Library Board of Commissioners.
Michael grew up on a dairy farm in rural southern Wisconsin, where the nearest neighbor was a quarter of a mile away. He and his three sisters are the first generation of his family to graduate from college and they have earned nine degrees and counting! A life-long learner, Mike recently completed a professional cooking program and New Leaf plans to recruit him to create the menu for all upcoming corporate retreats.
Mike has tried to instill a love of learning in his three children – two at university and one headed that way.
When not working, hosting, driving, volunteering, or reading, Michael enjoys collecting stamps in his passport and friends in his living room. He hikes, bikes (both pedal and motor), and practices yoga – which he has done for decade. He has not mastered it yet, but realizes the benefits of starting the day with a good downward facing dog.