Mike is from Fort Wayne and the son of a now-retired small business owner. Mike studied aviation science and adult education at Indiana State and worked as a flight instructor before beginning his own small photography company as a side project. For the last 13 years, Mike has operated two small businesses – one providing photography services, and another providing educational services and digital tools for creatives. Over the last few year, Mike has been pursuing his MBA at IUPUI as part of a transition to a career in public service. Mike lives near the Nora area with his fiancé Betsy and a whippet (small greyhound) named Fleta. You can find him on campus, in his garden, or running/biking when he’s not at work. Mike enjoys time reading about history, science, politics and world affairs, playing tennis, and cooking.