Michael Michner, CPA for multiple Deaf organizations, passes away at 60
[Transcript] Michael Michner, a Deaf man who was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and served on the board of multiple Deaf organizations for decades, has passed away at 60 years of age from kidney cancer on August 16.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) released a statement saying they are deeply saddened and that he was NAD’s Chief Financial Officer since 2012.
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) said he was the Director of Finance from 2013 to 2016.
Michner’s wife, Amy, wrote an obituary and posted it on Facebook.
Michner was born and raised in Fresno, California. He went to the California State University, Northridge and graduated with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on Accounting Theory and Practice in 1982.
He became a CPA in 1986 and was one of the three Deaf CPAs in the United States.
He ran a CPA business for over 30 years and served multiple Deaf organizations including the NAD, Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD), Deaf Counseling Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA), Deaf West Theatre, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center (DHHSC), and several other large organizations in the “hearing world.”
Amy said he was considered a mensch by colleagues, friends, and family. Mensch is a Hebrew term that means a person of integrity and honor. Amy said after a short bout with kidney cancer, he passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind Amy, who he was married for 25 years, and three children.
His funeral is scheduled for Thursday, August 22 in Simi Valley, California. There is a
GoFundMe set up for a memorial fund that will benefit several organizations.
Amy Michner’s post and GoFundMe Link: https://www.facebook.com/amy.michner/posts/10157444124433805
Gallaudet University: [gallaudet.edu]