Michael grew up in Kyiv, Ukraine. He went to school in Illinois at Olivet Nazarene University and graduated in 2016 with a BA in philosophy and religion. He worked in the arts-focused, nonprofit space for several years in Seattle, but most recently moved to Billings from the small town of John Day, Oregon where he worked as a saw filer for two years. He started work with Northern Plains in May of 2022 as the GNA Manager. He also staffs the Big Timber affiliate, Cottonwood Resource Council. Email: michael@northernplains.org