Dan grew up in Lorain County in Ohio and at an early age experienced the ill effects of generational poverty. As a result of his childhood experiences Dan decided to pursue a lifelong goal of challenging the systems that create cycles of poverty.
Dan studied psychology and theology from Mount Vernon College in Ohio, and after graduation went on to learn from and serve impoverished people groups globally. His travels and work experiences have included serving in the leper colonies of eastern India, the indigenous people of central Mexico and the extreme poor in the mountain regions of Jamaica.
In 2001 Dan continued his passion to reverse the cycles of poverty by serving on staff at Cherry Street Mission Ministries located in Toledo, Ohio. In July 2005 he was named Cherry Street’s President and CEO. Dan is the recipient of the 2009 Jefferson Award for Public Service and in 2014 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence Hall of Fame, is a consultant to nonprofits, and a Leadership Coach.