Don has been mentoring and training people for many years. He passed the exam for Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certification in Nov. 2015; and renewed his ACC Credential in September 2018. He currently has more than 450 hours of coaching. Don has completed formal Training for Trainers in StrengthsFinders though Gallup University, Emotional Intelligence through TalentSmart, and Situational Leadership II through Blanchard.
Don retired at the end of March 2018 as EMAD Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in, Chicago, IL, where he supervised seven economists.
In addition to working 29 years as an Economist, Supervisor, and Coach and Mentor for HUD, Don taught high school for 18 years and was an adjunct instructor in the Albany, NY area. Don has a BA degree in math and economics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and an MPA from the University of Southern California. Don enjoys reading: in particular, research on how the brain functions, what motivates people, and how teams and organizations become high performers.
"Committed: Don is always 'all in' with whatever he does. He strives to put his best effort, regardless of how he feels about a policy or issue. When you talk to him, you feel you have his full, undivided attention and he’s committed to hearing what you have to say." - Mentoring Client
"Inspiring: It’s not the things that come easy that matter, but the things that haven’t. Don has always supported us to continue to grow and excel in our personal development and all aspects of our work. He wants us to be the best version of ourselves." - Staff member
"Passionate and Loyal – As his deeply grateful supervisor for over 15 years, his passion for achieving excellence in this organization propelled us to heights that I could never have imagined when he returned to HUD. He worked sacrificially behind the scenes to develop struggling employees, informally and formally mentoring staff over the years while at the same time building high performing teams in Regions V, VI and IX. Yes, he did the job of at least 3 people. Don is also loyal not only to the organization but to me personally as I developed as a leader. Colin Power said, 'Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.' Don has indeed achieved true success in this organization; his legacy will continue for many years to come." - Supervisor