Don holds a B.S. and M.A. in education, did post-graduate studies at Texas A&M University (Commerce), University of San Francisco and participated in the nonprofit certificate program at Yale University. Don is Distinguished Lecturer in the American Humanics Program (Community Benefit Organizational Leadership) at California State University, Fresno.
He served as Associate Professor of Business at Biola University, and was Director of the Center for Volunteerism and Community Service at Occidental College, Los Angeles. He was Director of Continuing and Professional Development at Golden Gate Theological Seminary and Associate Professor of Education. He serves as an adjunct professor at Simpson University, Redding, California and Fresno Pacific University.
Don was a member of the board of the Association of Volunteer Administrators, the Volunteer Centers of Orange County, LaMirada, Marin County and currently Hands On Central California. An active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Cultural Arts District Association, and the Lowell Neighborhood Association, he serves on the advisory boards of several local and national community benefit organizations and government agencies.
As a founding member of the faculty of Leadership Training Network, Don worked with Sue Mallory and others in establishing the institutes, curriculum and training processes in what is now Church Volunteer Central, a division of Group Publishing. A frequent “expert in residence” for Leadership Network, Don has worked with the Externally Focused Church, Encore Generation and Recovery Ministries Learning communities.
For 5 years, Don was director of LEAD (Leadership Equipping and Development), an urban leader equipping initiative and a founding director of READ Fresno and advisor to the Mentoring Children of Promise project. An ordained minister, Don is a leadership coach at his church, The Well Community Church in Fresno.
Don has trained with outstanding leaders such as Bert Decker, of Decker Communications, Sue Mallory and Dr. Chris Hardy, formerly of Leadership Training Network, Dr. Carr Suter, Dr. James Higgs, Dr. Muriel Morse, esteemed director of Human Resources for the City of Los Angeles for many years and Dr. Michael O’Neill, founder of the Nonprofit degree program at University of San Francisco.
A native of South Carolina, Don serves as Chair of Fresno’s Historic Preservation Commission. Don's writing on Volunteer Leadership appears in several national journals and publications
“Don’s gift lies in his ability to inspire people by demonstrating a sincere passion for community building and adding a healthy measure of his quick wit and keen intellect. Even the most contentious groups are quick converts under his tutelage. He insists that every team member be fully engaged and then encourages decision-making that wisely relies on the collective intellect. His expert counsel has helped me create measurable results – at American Airlines, Heart House Dallas, Something mAAgic Foundation, Turtle Creek Chorale, and the Dallas Fashion Incubator. He’s the first person I call, every time!”
Starlight Children's Foundation