Meet Michael. Michael Alles is a Case Manager on our Cheyenne team. He was raised here in Cheyenne and attended the University of Wyoming where he obtained his Bachelors of Social Work. He has enjoyed helping his local community for the past 23 years and is skilled in delivering caring and compassionate support. His experience will allow him to advocate for his clients to obtain resources and enhance their support networks.
Q: What is Case Management to you?
M: It’s connecting with the person I’m working with and discovering their needs, then working with them to meet those needs.
Q: What’s your favorite family recipe? Will you share?
M: I do not have a family recipe, but I do like making jalapeno poppers and other recipes I find on Pinterest.
- 12 jalapeño peppers
- 6 ounces of cream cheese softened
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
- 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
Preheat the over to 400 degrees. Wearing gloves, slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise. Using a small spoon, scoop out the seeds and membranes. In a bowl mix cream cheese, garlic powder, cheddar cheese and chives (if using). In a separate bowl, combine Panko crumbs and melted butter. Fill jalapenos with the cheese mixture. Top with crumbs. Place on a baking pan and bake for 18-22 minutes of until golden. Cool for 5-10 minutes before serving
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
M: During the pandemic, I have really gotten into binge-watching TV series and movies.
Q: Favorite thing to do for self-care?
M: I enjoy getting out of town with my wife and my two dogs to spend time at our cabin. It’s very relaxing and the dogs love it because they are free to run and explore.
Q: What advice would you give to someone struggling with the pandemic, mental health, or basic needs?
M: Know you are not alone. Reach out to loved ones or friends and ask for help when you need it. There are many resources in the community and lots of people willing to help.
Q: What is LIV to you?
M: LIV has brought hope back to my life. LIV is staffed with some of the most incredible caring individuals that work as a team to support our participants and each other.
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