Michael has been the Executive Director of HAWC Partnerships for Children, an Early Childhood Iowa/Decategorization Area for Howard, Allamakee, Winneshiek and Clayton Counties since 2005. In addition to this role, he serves on the Iowa Early ACCESS Council. Previously, Michael served two terms as a Winneshiek County Supervisor (1997-2004) and worked twelve years as an accountant with Miller, Pearson, Glow, Burns, Beatty & Cowie, PC law firm in Decorah. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Economics from Luther College in 1984.
Michael has also served on the Iowa Empowerment Board and as chairman of the Mental Health Developmental Disabilities Commission, as well as on several other boards and commissions.
He resides in Decorah. He and his wife, Carol, have two daughters.