Michael Godec, the son of Lewis and Dorothy, both Central graduates, was born in 1958 in Pueblo and graduated from Central with a Silver Cord in 1976. Michael's two brothers, Paul and Thomas are also Wildcats.
While at Central, Michael earned letters each year in swimming. He was President of Key Club as a senior and was active in a wide range of activities and organizations.
Michael earned his BS in Chemical Engineering in 1981 and an MS in Technology and Human Affairs from the Sever Institute of Technology, Washington University, Saint Louis in 1985.
Michael is currently Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Advanced Resources International, a consulting firm based in Arlington, Virginia. He has worked there since 2001. Prior to that he was Senior Vice-President at ICF Consulting (1987-2001), where he was director of the firm's oil and gas consulting practices, managing 34 professionals.
As a consultant for over thirty years, Michael's clients have included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior, International Energy Agency, U.K. Government, United Nations, OPEC, and a wide range of industry associations, environmental organizations, and private companies. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 papers, articles and book chapters, and has authored more than 100 reports. He is regularly asked to speak at conferences and workshops.
Michael testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy Resources, Subcommittee on & Mineral Resources (June 18, 2008), the House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee, on Energy & Mineral Resources (June 23, 2005) and the Texas House Committee on Energy Resources (June 26, 2012).
As part of his consulting work, he has traveled to dozens of countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan Thailand, the Netherlands, England, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, and Canada.
Michael is active in various professional organizations, notably the Society of Professional Engineers (SPE). He has volunteered to serve on the Society's Publication Committee and was chairman of several SPE conferences. In 2009 Michael was selected by SPE to be one of their Distinguished Lecturers and has been awarded a distinguished service award by his local SPE chapter.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Michael and his wife of over 25 years, Suzanne Wells, have been very active in his community of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. One of the first things they did was to convert two littered vacant lots to community gardens. This led to the couple being named to the Board of Directors of a not-for-profit organization called Garden Resources of Washington (GROW) dedicated to encouraging neighborhood revitalization, youth development, environmental stewardship, and local organic food production at community and youth gardens. They helped start a number of community gardens in D.C.
When Michael and Suzanne had their son, Michael became very active in youth sports. He had been a team coach and league commissioner for baseball, soccer and basketball and refereed the latter two sports. He organized and managed one of the first travel soccer teams on Capitol Hill. Today he is Vice-President of Sports on The Hill, a rapidly expanding youth sports organization offering the above-named sports as well as softball, football, wrestling, volleyball and field hockey. He also coaches his 8 year-old daughter's soccer team.
Michael realized that kids needed more safe and accessible places for outdoor sports and recreation. He helped form another non-profit, Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park, dedicated to converting a large portion of the northern parking lot of RFK Stadium, the former home of the Washington Redskins, to a youth sports park.
Michael and Suzanne were honored for their community commitments by jointly receiving the 2011 Capitol Hill Community Foundation's Community Achievement Award.
Despite these many accomplishments, Michael and Suzanne are most proud of their children. Joshua is an honor student at St. John's University and a member of their soccer team and daughter Elizabeth whom they adopted from Guatemala.