Michael (Mike) is originally from upstate New York and currently resides in Tampa, Florida. He completed a degree in Criminology from Syracuse University. Mike was the previous business owner of Protect My Ministry, Protect Youth Sports, and Active Screening and currently works as a business consultant.
Mike serves on the board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is also involved in his local church where he is on the financial stewardship committee and also serves as a deacon. Mike is the founder of Advocates of Love, Inc., and has a heart for children who are suffering and in need. Mike has been married to his lovely bride Stephanie since 2003, and has 2 daughters and a son. Mike’s hobbies include hunting and fishing.
While seeking to respond to a call given to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to look after orphans in distress, we were lead to the Samana province of the Dominican Republic.
We found many orphans and suffering children in need with little to no help available to them.
A partnership was formed with a local church that was interested in coming alongside us to provide the much needed physical, emotional, educational and spiritual care to the children who are in the greatest need.
In July of 2013 a US based 501c3 was created – Advocates of Love, Inc. In December 2013 a Dominican NGO was created, Fundacion Defensores De Amor, Inc. In 2014 AOL became licensed and accredited by CONANI, who is the children and families government authority.
We seek to provide 24 hr. care for those children who meet the CONANI standards, and provide community-based care for those who meet the standards set forth by Advocates of Love. In addition to the care provided to the children and families in the Dominican Republic, Advocates of Love is committed to share the mission experience with communities and organizations in the United States.