Mike joined Gary Bess Associates in 2016, having previously worked in the nonprofit sector for 16 years with more than 10 years’ experience in health care fundraising and management. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in international studies with a minor in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mike is also Grant Professional Certified (GPC) by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, and has been a member of the Grant Professionals Association since 2007.

Mike previously worked as the Director of Development & Outreach for CALSTAR, an air medical transport company serving critically ill and injured patients primarily in California and northern Nevada, after having held the position of Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager with the same organization. He also served as Board President of the Association of Air Medical Membership Programs (AAMMP) and as a program representative and committee member for the California Association of Air Medical Services (CalAAMS).