Michael is a white man with brown cropped hair and closely trimmed beard with brown rimmed glasses. He is wearing a navy quarter zip sweater over a white and blue checked collared shirt. He is smiling at the camera, standing in front of greenery.As a Equip Coordinator, Michael works with youth with disabilities individually and in schools across the state where he assists them in building independent living, self-advocacy, leadership, professional and work readiness skills through peer-led groups and one-on-one mentoring. As someone living with combined type ADHD, his expertise goes beyond his professional experience.

Michael graduated from Presbyterian College with a degree in psychology and is now pursuing a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He has a passion for working with people and firmly believes that given the right support, anyone can accomplish what they set their mind to. “When I was younger, I did not have a lot of support as I tried to learn about my disability and how to accommodate it.  I love being able to work with young adults with disabilities while they build their confidence and learn skills related to self-advocacy, goal setting, and leadership.  It is amazing to see these young people realize that they have set the bar way too low, and then watch them prove that to everyone around them.”

When Michael is not at work or in class, he typically spends his time with his wife, playing board games with friends and family, and learning to play the banjo.