Adoption STAR

Michael Hill, MS

Executive Director

Michael Hill is the Executive Director. He has been with Adoption STAR since 2009 when he joined the agency as the Project Lead for the federally funded Infant Adoption Awareness Training Project (IAATP).

Michael holds a Master of Science degree in Human Services Administration from Buffalo State College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Luther College. In 1998, Michael started his professional career as a case manager at AIDS Community Services of Western New York, Inc. in 1999, Michael joined the Olmsted Center for Sight and held several positions with the organization, including Case Manager, Program Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor and Communications Specialist/Student Services Adviser. In 2005, Michael became the director of Development and Public Relations for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, and in 2007 he joined Upstate New York Transplant Services as their Director of Education.

As Executive Director, Michael is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the agency. His primary responsibilities include implementation of strategic plans, financial management, staff management, development, marketing, fundraising, and board partnerships.  This includes ensuring agency work is closely aligned with its mission, vision, and values.  in conjunction with the Associate Director, Michael also directs the day-to-day operations of various departments at the agency. In addition, he works to implement strategies and systems that ensure the agency’s overall operation is meeting the highest standards of quality.  Michael also establishes and maintains relationships with other agencies and organizations in the community.

Michael is a strong and passionate speaker, and an enthusiastic advocate of permanency planning. As an adoptive father he treasures the fact that he can be a part of the adoption process. Michael’s work is important to him and he is passionate about increasing the agency’s educational outreach within the community.

In addition, Michael is the treasurer of the Coalition of Adoption and Foster Family Agencies (CAFFA), a group of 20+ child welfare organizations in the eight counties that make up Western New York.  He’s also an active member of the Amherst Central School District’s PTA and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo.  


Michael resides in Snyder, New York with his husband Scott and their sons Elijah and Seth. Michael’s favorite pastimes include music, tennis, gardening, and taking his boys for bike rides at local parks or around their neighborhood.