He graduated with honors from the University of Texas’s prestigious Plan II Honors program, earned a MA in literary studies from the University of Iowa, and a MA in theology from the University of Durham, England, where he graduated at the top of his international class.
Michael taught for 15 years at the university and college-prep school levels, most recently at Indiana University.
In 2003, Michael founded Memory Bridge which, to date, has connected over 8,500 people with and without dementia in one-to-one relationships. In 2008, he produced the internationally acclaimed PBS documentary ‘There Is a Bridge’ and has just completed Memory Bridge’s second documentary ‘Love Is Listening’, featuring Jean Vanier, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Naomi Feil, and Dr Sue Johnson.
Memory Bridge has won several awards including the 2006 Innovative Program of the Year, from the Illinois Council on Longterm Care, and Indiana University’s Advancement of Peace and Education Award in 2011.
That same year, Memory Bridge, along with Treasure Coast Hospice, received the Synergy Award from the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association.
In 2017, Memory Bridge won the Innovative Program of the Year from Leading Age Florida.
Michael speaks across the world on the subjects of literature, world religions, and communicating with people with dementia. His clients include Northern Trust Bank; Chevron; St. Christopher’s Hospice, England; Alzheimer’s Association of Australia; the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Vero Beach Museum.
He is currently completing a PhD at Indiana University in the area of Empathetic Communication.