Mike Romano is a Boilermaker for Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, VA. He removes, repairs, tests, and reinstalls boiler and related propulsion system components onboard nuclear and non-nuclear U.S. Navy warships. Mike is currently completing an apprenticeship program at NNSY. Upon completion of this program, Mike hopes to move into the training department as an instructor. There, he can write curriculum and instruct current and future members of NNSY's production workforce. Later in his career, Mike plans to transition into a cybersecurity role.
Born in Portland, OR, Mike is a native of the Pacific Northwest, but he calls Skamania County, WA home. He resides in Chesapeake, VA with his family. Mike has been married for twenty-five years to the former Keri L. Kuhnemann. Mike and Keri have four children, three of whom have graduated high school and one who is still in high school. Mike and his family also have a Pomeranian and two cats.
Mike considers himself a lifelong learner. He holds two associate's degrees and a career studies certificate from Tidewater Community College. He completed his undergraduate studies by earning a bachelor of arts in history from Old Dominion University. Mike is currently a part-time graduate student at Middle Georgia State University in Macon, GA. He is completing coursework towards a master's in technical and professional writing. Mike plans to further his education by earning a second master's in history, cybersecurity, or a closely related information technology discipline. Mike's ultimate educational goal is to earn a doctorate and become the next "Dr. Romano" in the family, as there are already several.