Persistent Optimizer, Tech Guy, Great Manager and Coworker, Won’t Rest Until Your Problems Are Solved

3 Oct

Persistent Optimizer, Tech Guy, Great Manager and Coworker, Won’t Rest Until Your Problems Are Solved


Strategic and creative leader and communicator, with 12+ years of innovative and successful program and organizational development, growth, and financial success. Creates climates of continuous improvement, analyzing data, and opening channels of communication to improve products, services, and programs. Recognized with awards based on community and program achievements. Thorough and detail-oriented problem-solver, creating custom CRMs, innovative and successful direct-mail campaigns, and well-executed strategic plans. Excellent communication skills, customer-focused, building long-term relationships with both constituents, staff, board and community members to provide organizational support and achieve success. Key areas of experience are:

Organizational leadership
Strategic brand planning and development
Research administration
Budget Development
Volunteer management
Customer relationship management
Customer service management
Data analysis
Database development
Development, fundraising, & grant writing
Market research
Marketing campaigns
Sales strategies
Event planning
Human resources development

Specialties: non-profit leadership and development, program development, family engagement, educating children, staff management, mentoring college students and recent college graduates, building collaborative efforts around the importance of local community, custom database designs for small to medium organizations, data analysis for recruitment and retention, communication strategies, proposal writing, grant writing, grant management, budget management.


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center – Cincinnati, OH 2013-current

Financial Analyst II – September 2015 to current

Analyze, monitor, and manage over 35 grant accounts, the divisional research account, and the overall $4.5+ million research budget for the division of Emergency Medicine.

Oversee the monthly reporting and management of grant and research accounts.
Create budget projection models.
Develop grant budgets and manage grant subcontracts, submissions, post-award activities, progress reports, and grant closeouts.
Analyze grant and research budget variances and manage resolutions.
Develop and prepare the annual division research budget.
Manage staff, including Grant Specialist.

Special Projects
Co-developed Research Dashboard for senior divisional leadership to monitor research performance metrics.
Managed the redevelopment of the enrollment and effort tracking research application.

Financial Analyst I – December 2014 to September 2015

Special Projects
Manage pilot project implementing Dragon Medical 360 | Network Edition.
Managed the Division of Asthma Research’s submission of $5 million Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers (P50) through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ASSIST grant system.

Grant Specialist – March 2013 to December 2014

Facilitate the grant submissions of the Division of Emergency Medicine by identifying funding opportunities, gaining familiarity with funder requirements, loading grant submissions into internal grant management system, gathering all sub-contract materials, writing non-scientific portions of the grants, and editing grant narratives.

Serve as liaison between the division and CHRF Sponsored Research Programs Office in matters related to grant submissions. Serve as a liaison between principal investigators and divisions with which they collaborate to coordinate grant submission materials and approvals.

Collect and compile data, statistics, and background material necessary for external/internal reports, proposals, and budgets. Notify administrative support staff and grant personnel of institutional and external changes in funding issues, purchasing activities, accounting, etc.

Administrative support
Assist faculty with special projects, reports and assignments. Prepare scientific manuscripts, grant applications, and correspondence. Organize, maintain and assume custodial responsibility for files and record systems of the division, including grant materials.

Gorman Heritage Farm Foundation – Cincinnati, OH 2007- 2013

Program Director

Directed strategic development of camp brand, marketing strategy, and programming for educational programs.

  • Increased revenues 80% within 4 years by developing and directing a strategic personalization program based on in-depth data analysis processes.
  • Recruited and retained program participants. Hired, trained, and managed seasonal staff of 15, with customer satisfaction ratings over 95%.
  • Developed and maintained custom CRM applications to manage camp registrations, school group registrations, tour programs, and volunteer program, with over 70% of registrations coming online.
  • Built, populated, and maintained an intranet for the organization’s education department, streamlining the training process of volunteers.
  • Secured grants of $128,000+, researching, writing, and administering grant processes. Grants covered 5% of organizations budget for each of last 3 years.
  • Facilitated management meetings, decision-making processes, donor engagement strategies and strategic planning increasing program support by 20%.
  • Presented “Proving the Effectiveness of Your School Field Trip Programs” at the national Farm-Based Education Association Conference.
  • Nominated for the Merlin G. Pope, Jr. Diversity Leadership Award.
  • Designed and implemented online registration systems for 500+ program participants.
  • Managed multiple social media channels, developed Zoho Creator database applications, administrated Google Apps, increasing Gorman Heritage Farm Foundation web presence and internal productivity.

Saint Bartholomew Consolidated School – Cincinnati, OH 2004- 2007

Resurrection, St. Joseph, & Our Mother of Sorrows 2003- 2004


Taught K-8 general music classes, directed school-wide music groups, raised funds for programs.

  • Nominated for WGUC’s Classic for Kids “Applause Award”, recognizing excellent music teachers.
  • Developed curriculum for K-8 students, increasing musical experience and knowledge.
  • Developed and secured grants and directed successful fundraising efforts for music programs.


National Widower’s Organization (NWO) – Martha’s Vineyard, MA – February 2012-Current

Social Media, Web, & Communications Strategy Consultant

Developed and executed web, email and social media communication strategies.

  • Managed ebook launch, exceeding client expectations.
  • Developed email strategy and grew list by 78% in eleven months.
  • Built website on WordPress platform.

Farm-Based Education Association (FBEA) – Concord, MA – January 2009-Current

Social Media Coordinator/Online Membership Management Consultant

Developed and executed strategies of engagement for online community.

  • Grew community 200%+ within two years while managing online-membership process and engagement.
  • Co-presented for “Harvesting Knowledge and Networks” webinar for national FBEA.
  • Designed, facilitated, and presented “Summer Camp Review Web Workshop” for the FBEA.
  • Custom-coded CSS and HTML for website design optimization.
  • Developed and maintained online social network on platform to engage national network.
  • Served on the Farm-Based Education Association’s Communications Committee, planning national conference and online communication strategies.


  • $54,000+ – Google Grants Program – current recipient since 2009
  • $3,000 – General Mills Foundation – 2011
  • $2,700 – Co-wrote appeal letter to generate field trip funds for low-income schools – 2011
  • $1,500 – Community Leaders Institute Grant ($1,500 and six class training institute) through University of Cincinnati’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training – 2011
  • $10,000 – Stillson Foundation – 2010
  • $25,000 – Social Ventures Partners of Cincinnati -$12,500 yearly investment (renewable for 3-5 years) to establish an ongoing capacity building program at Gorman Farm-2009
  • $8,000 – Federal dollars through Bridges for a Just Community for a Public Ally – 2009
  • Ohio Environmental Education fund – Reviewed grants – 2009
  • $10,600, $1,000, & $200 Greater Cincinnati Foundation – 2008, 2005, 2006


  • Serve as a member of the Community Partners Council for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Coached youth soccer teams, basketball teams, and chess clubs.
  • Webmaster for Cincinnati Union Coop Initiative.


M.S. – Organizational Leadership – 4.0 GPA, College of Mount St Joseph – 2011

  • One of the top three nominees for the MSJ Distinguished Student Award, the College’s highest honor.

B.A. – Music, Xavier University – 2003

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One Response to “Persistent Optimizer, Tech Guy, Great Manager and Coworker, Won’t Rest Until Your Problems Are Solved”

  1. Thoughtful Staff Writer October 3, 2011 at 5:44 AM #

    Hey Michael, I love your resume. You might want to delete the Mr Word Press sample post that I see here.

    I would love to hear some of your thoughts on leadership in the household as well as the workplace and how they are related. Should they and/or do they have easily recognizable characteristics? or should business be all business. Thanks for your time!

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