Hi, I'm Mike
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in Political Science in August of 1988. After graduation, I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy and served 8 years as a helicopter pilot. While on active duty, I earned my Master of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in Human Relations in 1998. I also served as a Police Officer for the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC prior to entering duty with the FBI on January 3, 1999. I served in the Dallas, Texas Division of the FBI where I investigated various violations and also served as a pilot flying surveillance missions in support of Dallas Division cases.
In August of 2008, I transferred to FBI Headquarters and in June of 2010, transferred to the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia where I taught new FBI Agents Interviewing and Interrogation techniques. I then became an instructor teaching Police Executives at the FBI National Academy beginning in 2011 where I taught Interviewing and Interrogation, Public Speaking, Officer Involved Shootings, and later created a course titled Leading At-Risk Employees. This course focused on understanding alcoholism, prescription drug abuse, PTSD, suicide, and domestic violence as it relates to programs, policies, and procedures for law enforcement agencies. In order to teach these courses, I became an Adjunct Professor for the University of Virginia.
In January of 2017, I transferred to the National Joint Terrorism Task Force, Civil Aviation Security Program. In this capacity, I served as the Program Manager of over 450 Airport Liaison Agents located at federally controlled airports around the United States. I continued to serve as an Employee Assistance Program Counselor and provided presentations regarding alcoholism and recovery nationwide.
In July of 2019, I retired from the FBI after 20 years of dedicated service. I continued with my vision to educate and help the public overcome addiction, remove the stigma associated with addiction, and help those suffering from addiction achieve and maintain sobriety in order to live healthy and productive lives.
I recently completed another Master of Arts degree in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies in August of 2022. I currently work full-time as a behavioral therapist at a major hospital in Northern Virginia.