Mike is married with four children. He met and married his wife Christie while they were students at Purdue University. Mike currently applies his chemistry training in the research labs of a large Central Indiana pharmaceutical company and his wife applies her engineering skills toward pedagogical problem solving as she homeschools their four children. As a family they enjoy learning about different cultures and traveling the world. While traveling, they like to explore other cultures through the local cuisine. Mike also enjoys spending time outdoors and working on home improvement projects. Mike is a dedicated long distance hiker and has covered hundreds of miles of trail in the Eastern US.