Like most peer addiction management coaches, Dave has no formal degree, but rather learned about addiction through lived experience and self-study. He successfully dealt with his own addiction and also experienced the secondhand effects of addiction with many family members, including a son. He has learned through extensive reading and research as well as exposure to many co-workers, friends and clients throughout his lifetime.
Dave first started with Face It TOGETHER as a volunteer coach in 2009. He helped lead and innovate Face It TOGETHER’s work to provide evidence-based peer coaching. He's also one of the creators of FIT’s loved one coaching program, including its curriculum, training and execution. Dave assists in developing partnerships with business, community and civic organizations across South Dakota. These partnerships reduce barriers and improve access to high quality, effective support for those with addiction, including loved ones.
Dave has served as a peer addiction management coach, a peer loved one coach, director of partner relations, national trainer and most recently the position of program advisor. Dave has a passion for empowering those who are struggling with their loved one’s addiction. He was nominated in 2012 for the 211 Helpline volunteer of the year for his work advancing addiction wellness in his community. He's also served as a facilitator for SMART Recovery and SMART Recovery Family & Friends mutual support groups. Prior to joining Face It TOGETHER, Dave had a successful career in the sales field.
Dave shares his life with his wife Becky and his son, Kevin. He enjoys hiking and golf. He loves music and is a member of a local band. He has volunteered in the community as a foster parent and in other roles.