Mike started diving at the age of 15 in his hometown Seattle, Washington. At the age of 18 he began his migration south and west, moving to San Diego, California to attend UCSD. While there, Mike became an SSI DiveCon, and instructor. (He also finished a BS in Ecology.) This led to working and teaching at the Diving Locker, one of the oldest dive shops in the country. Mike’s next two careers kept him out of the water more than he would have liked. He first worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service as a biologist in the Marine Mammal Division. In August of 2005, Mike and his family moved to Kona and became the proud new owners of Dive Makai Charters, where Mike got to know the Kona manta rays personally. In 2009, Mike returned to the law and eventually to southern California. Mike's breadth of experience including manta knowledge and the legal system are invaluable in guiding MPRF's programs and endeavors.