Don is a higher ed professional in the Department of Global Development focusing on student support services. As Undergraduate Program Coordinator in Global Development, Don assists with course coordination, provides advising support, and contributes to the planning and implementation of the new Global Development major. In addition, he oversees a variety of events and initiatives within the department, including new student orientation activities and the Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony. Don’s overarching goal is to support students, staff, and faculty on a level that allows them to do their best work.
Prior to his current position, Don served as the Assistant Director of Community Service at Ithaca College, expanding the Alternative Breaks program at Ithaca College to offer hundreds of students the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and volunteer with community agencies during fall, spring, and summer breaks. In addition to service immersion programs, Don connected students with local direct service opportunities around Tompkins County throughout the academic year, working with more than thirty local community organizations on an annual basis.
Don completed two full terms of service in the Americorps program after completing his BA in History from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Don’s national service has inspired a life-long commitment to civic engagement. He continues to serve on various non-profit boards in Ithaca, NY, including Friends of Stewart Park and the Leon Chandler Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Don resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York, and spends a lot of time hiking (ADK Forty-Sixer #11960), fly fishing, and trying to keep up with his son Townes.