Michael Maritato has received an Annual Alumni Award
Class of 2011 & 2014
Michael is a 2011 and 2014 graduate of Marywood University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies respectively. He was born in Texas before moving all over, first to Canada then to Pennsylvania, Florida, Portugal, back to Pennsylvania, and then to Germany. He is the second child of five kids.
Prior to starting college, Michael earned the rank of Eagle scout and a Black Belt in Taekwondo. He joined the Army in 2004 and graduated basic training as a 19 D Calvary scout in March of 2005. He started his college education at East Stroudsburg University in the fall of 2005 concentrating first on exercise science but decided to make the switch to nursing.
Before he took a nursing class he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduing freedom as an Embedded Team Trainer. He was the youngest and lowest ranking soldier of his 16 man team. Michael worked daily with the Afghan army teaching military doctrine. He logged over 10,000 miles in convoy operations. Sadly, tragedy struck his team in August of 2008 where he lost two members of his team; both were mentors to him, notably SGT Jan Argonish. Both encouraged him to continue his education and graduate.
Shortly after their death Michael decided he wanted to be a leader like them as well as become a Physician Assistant which prompted him to find a new institution of study. He started at Marywood University in the fall of 2008. He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Not only did he get his degree from Marywood but he also started dating his wife Kristen after meeting her in a Bio Medical Ethics class.
Michael married Kristen in December of 2012, welcomed their first child, a daughter, in 2013, completed his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Marywood in 2014 and added a second child, their son, to the family in 2016.
After Physician Assistant school Michael started working in Critical Care Medicine. He continues to mentor PA students in an effort to share the knowledge and experiences he learned both in life and at Marywood. He is still in the Army and was commissioned as an officer in May 2011 and now holds the rank of Captain. Currently he resides in Clarks Summit with his wife, two kids, two dogs and one cat.