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Michael Hartford

Healthcare Consultant

Michael is a Healthcare Consultant for Avalon Action Alliance (Avalon) and was formally Chief of Staff and Chief Operations Director for the Marcus Institute for Brain Health.

Michael served on the senior executive team for Zeiders Enterprises, Inc., a Quality of Life Company focused on Military Family Readiness and Resilience Services. Michael retired from active duty after serving as Deputy Director, Navy Reserve Medicine, Defense Health Headquarters. He also served as the Navy Senior Liaison Officer with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a Care Manager with Navy Wounded Warrior/Safe Harbor. Prior to being commissioned a Navy Ensign he served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and Army National Guard.

In addition to serving in senior healthcare executive positions in the Department of Defense and VA, Michael's held c-suite executive positions in the Florida Department of Health (DOH). His positions in the DOH were Administrative Services Director, Financial Administrator and Health Center Administrator in Hillsborough County. His twenty-two (22) year VA career included assignments as Director/Chief Executive Officer at the VA Health Administration Center, Denver, CO, Associate Director/Chief Operating Officer, Loma Linda, CA and Assistant and Acting Director/Chief Executive Officer in Long Beach, CA.

He is Board Certified and a Life Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) and is Vice-President of Manasota Veterans, Inc., team lead on the Florida Governor’s Challenge Task Force, Past-President, ACHE Western Florida Chapter, and served on the President’s PREVENTS Task Force and on the Board of the Veterans Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation. He is a graduate of the 79th Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, Leadership VA and was inducted into the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame, Class of 2021. He is an active member of the American Legion, Military Officers Association of America, American Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Loyal Order of the Moose, The Army and Navy Club, Association of the United States Navy and a life member of the Leadership VA Alumni Association. Michael received his BS from Northeastern University, his MHA from the University of Laverne and post-graduate work at the George Washington University. Military decorations include the President's Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal (Gold Star).

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