Julia BergenExecutive Director
Communities in Schools, New Mexico
"Michael is an ardent and passionate advocate for children and youth who has dedicated his life to supporting the academic and life success of some of our community's most vulnerable young people. He is one of the most caring, supportive, and genuine people I know, possessed of an extraordinary love for life, adventure and possibility."
Ryan FeeleyAssistant Head of School for Academic Affairs
Middle School Head, Berwick Academy
"Through my work with Michael this year, I am more cognizant of how I approach things at work, and at home. I am actively thinking about having conversations, listening more, and am more conscious."
Ramón JavierHead of School
George Jackson Academy, NYC
"I am willing to be honest with myself and feel more comfortable with my level of self-awareness. Having Michael as a coach has come at the right time in helping me appreciate this level of understanding."
My Life Purpose
Supporting people on their personal journey is my life’s purpose and greatest passion. I am happiest when I am able to help others attain their personal goals and celebrate their achievements. I believe everyone needs a “success team” consisting of family, friends, a coach and or therapy.
Change is life. Working with a Coach is a great way to gain greater self-awareness and to challenge old ways of thinking that are no longer serving you.
Originally from the Garden State
I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 1993 with a BA in Secondary Education and History. I continued my journey westward to northern New Mexico to begin my career in teaching. After ten years working in both public and private schools, I was hired by Santa Fe Prep School to launch the Breakthrough Santa Fe program in 2003. In my sixteen years at Prep, I served as Breakthrough Executive Director, Director of Admissions, US History and New Mexico History Teacher, Advisor, and Coach. I received my Masters Degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College of Santa Fe, in 2009. I served on two community Santa Fe boards: The Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission, for nine years, and Communities in Schools of New Mexico for four years.
Since 2009, I have been traveling to Colombia, my mother’s homeland. Travel and being outdoors have always inspired me. After a memorable and significant trip down the winding Green River in Utah, I began focusing my attention on pursuing a wild and persistent dream.
In 2019, I sold all of my material possessions, and moved permanently to Cali, Colombia where I began a travel business for Americans interested in visiting Colombia: Todo Bien Colombia. I love traveling to the Caribbean and to the country’s Coffee Region, taking in the warm sea breezes and cool air of the mountains. In Cali, I spend much of my time with family, struggling with Spanish, drinking coffee, and traveling throughout my new country.
Certified Professional CoachI became a Certified Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).
I have been working with clients since 2021, and I am a Coach with [email protected], reuniting with my former Prep Head of School, (and friend) Jim Leonard. I believe that everyone has a purpose and can lead lives filled with greater passion, enjoyment, and abundance.