Michael is a professor and director of Maryville University’s Rehabilitation Counseling program. He has developed numerous trainings for community rehabilitation providers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and for supervisors of state agencies. Michael has a Ph.D. in counselor education and is currently a certified rehabilitation counselor. He is a member of the National Rehabilitation Association, is a board member of the Missouri Rehabilitation Association, Eastern Chapter, and president of the Missouri Rehabilitation Association. He received the Outstanding Faculty Award for faculty who best demonstrate excellence in the integration of teaching, scholarship, and/or service and the President’s Award for Strategic Excellence: Civic Engagement, given to individuals who bring the University’s core values to life. From the Missouri Rehabilitation Association, he received Lifetime Service Award in 2022 and in 2023 received the Impact Award given to an exemplary Missouri Leader in the disability sector who has had a profound impact on changing the lives and championing the rights of people with disabilities. He has thirty publications including a co-authored book on strength-based counseling and journal articles on career decision making, action research, counseling pedagogy, and active and dynamic learning strategies.