Education, Certifications & Awards

Don Started his college experience at Northern Illinois University, however, being the first person in his family to go on to higher education, Don struggled. After recommitting to higher education Don found a better fit at community college and quickly excelled at Harper Community College. Here Don took the core classes he would need in order to pursue his bachelor degree.

Being raised with parents of faith, and being a camp counselor at Camp Awana in Fredonia, WI for a number of years, Don also studied at Moody Bible Institute.

Next, Don attended Western Illinois University and completed his studies towards a Bachelor's Degree receiving a BA in Philosophy from Western.

While serving full-time is the United States Army, Don was able to complete a Master Degree in Adult Education. Being passionate about education this was a natural next step in his continuous drive towards personal growth and attaining more knowledge. 

Highly selective senior service college educational program that develops strategic leaders by educating future leaders in the analysis, evaluation and refinement of professional expertise in war, strategy, operations, national security, resource management, and responsible command. 

  • Completed graduate research thesis on how officers could maximize professional development through directed self-study
  • Acted as Africa Command Chief of Staff in a large national security simulation, leading fourteen senior international students through a demanding exercise

Currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree. The irony is not lost on any of us that Don is acquiring this high degree of education at the school he struggled with at the beginning of his educational journey. 

Professional Certifications

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

Certifications as a facilitator

  • Total Strength Deployment Inventory®
  • CoreStrengths®
  • Everything DiSC©
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator®
  • Center for Creative Leadership 360 Suite©
  • Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team©

Board Memberships

  • DuPage Symphony Orchestra (President of the Board of Directors)
  • Project Management Institute Chicagoland (currently Director of Professional Development)
  • Operation Support Our Troops-America (advisory board member)

Military Education Highlights

  • Army War College
  • Army Pre-command Course
  • Airborne School
  • Army Command and General Staff College
  • Artillery Captains Career Course
  • MLRS and Paladin Leader Courses

Decorations & Awards

  • Legion of Merit
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal (6)
  • Republic of Korea Armed Forces commendations (9)
  • Canadian Meritorious Commendation
  • Meritorious Service Medal (5)
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • AUSA Military History Award
  • Mary Olive Woods Scholarship for Philosophy

Professional Affiliations

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • American Legion
  • Union League of Chicago Club (ULCC)
  • Association for Talent Development (ATD)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC)
  • Organization Development Network Chicago (ODN)
  • Exchange Club of Naperville (Americanism committee)

Be sure to vote April 6, 2021