Michael’s pathway to community leadership here on Cape Cod has not been the usual one. Born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Michael was raised in an economically impoverished community with a wealth of examples of what it means to be a good neighbor. His loving aunt and uncle demonstrated that a small gesture of giving, even when they had so little, had a meaningful impact on the wellbeing of others - and brought a sense of peace to them. These early teachings, his love of learning, and the life-changing care he received from his aunt, uncle and his pediatrician set him on a path to care about and for others.
At the age of 21, seeking an advanced education in the healthcare field, he was the first in his family to reach for the United States. Arriving in Florida, speaking only Portuguese, he knew no one. Within a month, friends on Cape Cod welcomed him into the work of house painting and hospitality. Here he learned his second language and remains grateful to his three English teachers who helped him begin his advanced education at Cape Cod Community College.
Working two to three jobs at a time, Michael was able to fund his tuition and commute to Boston and Springfield for weekend classes at Springfield College. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, and a Master’s degree in Human Services (MSW) from Springfield College. Michael holds credentials as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, LPN, EMT and as an Addiction Counselor.
Michael is a Mental Health Clinician working at both Boston Medical Center and Cape Cod Healthcare as a trilingual Medical Interpreter. Now fluent in five languages - Portuguese, English, Spanish, Portuguese Creole, and Italian - Michael’s love of learning and service continues.
As his aunt and uncle would expect, Michael volunteers as a Medical Interpreter at the VNA, American Red Cross, Barnstable High School and several houses of worship. This past year, Michael’s call to serve his community lead him to serve as the founding President of The Health Ministry Inc., a faith-based non-profit organization committed to providing health and wellness services to our Barnstable immigrant community and to those in need across the Cape and Islands.
Michael has lived in Hyannis since 1999 and became a proud American citizen in 2012. He and his wife, Tatiany, know service starts at home as they parent always-busy twin boys. For them, and for all who call the Second Barnstable District home, Michael cares about a brighter future for all - as he learned from a very young age, as he has trained for, and as he feels called to do.
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