Mike and Todd, partners for 40 years, created Upfirst in 1996 in their quest to understand top search engine placement without paying per click in the early years of the Internet. Upfirst has been a home for Mike and Todd's creative expressions for nearly 30 years. She continues to be an online vessel for reflecting and for sharing their artwork and ideas and information about themselves and the world.
For two decades Mike and Todd owned and operated state-licensed proprietary schools--with outstanding completion and placement rates and affordable tuition and fees--online throughout the world and in classrooms in Michigan. Together they taught computer skills and healthcare coding, billing, and transcription certificate programs--and more--and they provided free placement services to help successful graduates launch new careers.
Now--and for most of the past 13 years--Mike works from her home office as a healthcare coding auditor to improve healthcare equity and outcomes for everyone. Mike contributes on risk adjustment coding and data validation teams to improve the accuracy of coded healthcare data and to strengthen the correctness, clarity and completeness of provider documentation.
Todd supports Mike's efforts by caring for her and for their 11-year-old cat, Links, and for their home and property where they have lived for more than 30 years. Todd creates vibrant colorful works of art that reflect his harmony with nature and his love for Michigan outdoors. Todd has been active in art community for more than 40 years and has shown his artwork at juried art shows and art fairs and in many retail locations throughout Michigan.