—as written by Michael
“Joe has a brilliant mind, a booming laugh, and a big heart. His presence can always be felt in a room, whether he’s loudly describing something ridiculous that recently happened to him or comforting a friend or family member that’s going through a tough time. He pours his heart and soul into supporting those he cares about and excels at helping people figure out how to navigate through difficult situations.
Joe was recognized as the cutest baby of the week at Albany Medical Center when he was born, and his charm has never faded. Joe spent his childhood reading novels on a tree branch outside his home, competing in high-stakes trivia contests, and sticking with Boy Scouts through years of soggy tents and square knots to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He made his closest friends for life while at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and honed his writing and public speaking skills in their communications program.
Joe is committed to helping young people of color and first-generation students get to and through medical school by connecting them with the financial resources they need to stay enrolled. He is passionate about financial literacy and has put together games, workshops, and newsletters to teach students how to qualify for more financial aid and lower their debt burden.
At home, Joe prevents me from embracing my inner slob and ensures that both of us have clean clothes to wear and clean dishes to eat off. He’s a wonderful pet parent, has built toys for our cats Ganesh, Ralph, and Marla to play with, and is constantly offering them pets, cuddles, and treats. He helps me laugh when I’m worried about a big project and reassures me when I’m feeling overwhelmed or unsure of myself.
Joe’s star shines brightest, though, when he’s around our daughter Sonia. She’s all giggles during playtime with Joe, and he keeps her busy by playing peekaboo with giant blankets, chasing after her on his hands and knees, turning the robot vacuum into a toy, tossing her gently in the air, and acting out books in fun voices. And when it’s time to rest, Joe does a great job of settling Sonia down by reading her soothing stories and rocking her gently in his arms. Joe’s also skilled at redirecting Sonia’s focus to something more pleasant when she gets angry or upset.
Joe’s willingness to get messy, care deeply, laugh at himself, and instill a sense of right and wrong has made him an incredible dad.”
“Joe’s willingness to get messy, care deeply, laugh at himself, and instill a sense of right and wrong has made him an incredible dad.”