Michael was born and raised in Columbus, GA and attended North Georgia College and State University where he met his wife, Lindsey. Upon graduation in 2006, he received his commission into the United States Army and was married in 2007. Upon returning from a deployment to Iraq in 2009, Michael and Lindsey were stationed in Fort Hood, TX where they currently reside. In August 2011, they welcomed their first child, Maddox, who was diagnosed with Koolen-de Vries Syndrome at 10 months old. As a Kool parent, Michael is motivated in spreading awareness about KdVS and assisting current and future KdVS families in their journeys through the growth of Koolen-de Vries Syndrome Foundation.