Michael Farrell Director of Charitable Bingo

Michael brings extensive government experience at the local, state, federal and foreign levels, along with expertise in leadership, management and strategic operations that is necessary to guide the agency’s Charitable Bingo Operations Division.

Michael spent seven years with the Texas Workforce Commission as the director of Infrastructure Services and Risk Management before transitioning to director of Risk and Security Management.

In his most recent role, he was responsible for continuity of operations, privacy, physical security, and risk programs, including management of the agency's Occupational Safety and Health Program.

Michael served more than 25 years with the US Coast Guard, retiring as Captain in 2009.

During those years, he drove ships and small boats, flew helicopters, jumped out of helicopters, and was a diplomat in Mexico City.  During his aviation days, he was in a movie starring Kevin Costner.

Outside of his military career, Michael previously held positions with the Abrams Learning and Information Systems Inc. working for DPS.  He is also an adjunct professor at both St. Edward’s University and the University of Phoenix.

Michael received a Master of Arts degree in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the US Coast Guard Academy.