Michael is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated with a degree in Radio, Television and Film from Auburn University and went to work at a local TV station in Montgomery in 2011. In the fall of 2013, his addiction had taken over most of his life and he made the decision to enter treatment at The Warrior Lodge. With the help of family and friends, and the urging of a couple of key members of the staff at The Lodge, he ended up at The Reprieve in October of 2013. After getting his feet set for a couple of years in recovery, he asked for a job at The Reprieve. He has worked with The Reprieve since 2015 in a variety of roles.