Michael is a native of California living in Carmel, Indiana, near where he grew up in Indianapolis. Married to his high school sweetheart Natalie, Michael is the Director of Information Services at DK Pierce & Associates in Zionsville, IN.
Michael loves music. A 2008 graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Art degree in Music Education (see his teaching portfolio), Michael primarily plays trombone, but also drums, bass, guitar, and some of most other wind and percussion instruments. Currently, he plays regularly with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the Director's Jazz Orchestra, and the Nickel Plate Jazz Orchestra and Nickel Plate Wind Symphony, which are both a part of Fishers Music Works.
In his spare time, Michael runs Thom Video Productions, a videography business specializing in wedding videography (but also available to film and produce school and corporate functions as well as other video-related services, such as VHS-to-DVD transfer).
Michael is also very involved at East 91st Street Christian Church, where he volunteers on Sunday mornings. In college Michael volunteered at and attended the Christian Campus House, where he then was on full-time staff for a year after graduation, primarily responsible for music, men, and media. His desire to serve the Lord in all he does continues, though his vocational work is no longer directly in the ministry.
Natalie and Michael were blessed to adopt a six-year-old Lhasa Apso in July 2010: Yogi. Neither Natalie nor Michael grew up with legged pets, and so it has been a learning experience, but a very fun and rewarding one. (And no, he's not trimmed like the ridiculous show Lhasas. He has a "puppy" or "teddy" trim.)