Michael worked in another community for 25 years when the opportunity to be Dining Services Director at New Pond Village arose. “I jumped on it quickly,” he says.
Michael says working with the senior population has had a big impact on his life. “It’s fantastic how I grew as a person and how I learned to communicate with people,” he says. “They don’t teach you that in school.”
He attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston, studying business. In his junior year at Newbury College in Brookline, Mass., he went to culinary school and honed his skills as a chef while working as a delivery driver at a sub shop.
He has responsibility for the entire dining operation from ordering food and overseeing chefs to working with the Dining Room Manager in his current role.
“I go into it every day thinking, ‘This is my grandmother or grandfather that I’m cooking for,’ ” he says. “It takes a little bit of time, a little bit of effort and a little bit of love on the plate … to make sure the residents are satisfied and they’re happy.”
When he’s not working, Michael’s priority is spending time with his wife, daughter and son. He relaxes, plays with his children and two dogs, goes for walks and cooks.