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Mike grew up in the suburbs of Long Island, New York, where his parents instilled his love of the outdoors early by taking him camping, hiking, and snowboarding in the state parks around home as well as the Catskill - Mountains just a few hours to the north.
Mike studied Psychology and Counseling at Ithaca College in upstate New York with the hope of one day being a therapist. He has had several internship experiences in the mental health field, including working as a residential counselor at a summer program for at-risk children and teens in New Hampshire. He realized there that therapy isn't something limited to an office, but can take place on a trail, by a lake, or sitting in the woods as well.
Seeking more opportunities to combine his passion for the outdoors with his goal of being a better counselor, Mike moved across the country quickly after Graduating college and started working as a field instructor at Second Nature. He quickly fell in love with the program and the level of support it provides for students, as well as the training and development it promotes for staff. He worked in the field for two and half years, much of that time as a Senior Instructor, before transitioning into the Field Director role in 2018.
In his free time Mike likes to play guitar, go to concerts, and travel around the west in search of new and beautiful places to go camping and snowboarding