Don's career spans four decades in economic and community development, environmental improvement, healthcare and complementary medicine, and now exploring the connection between spirituality and place. For the past 2 years, he and his wife Mary have worked as complementary medicine therapists and advisors to Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Center. In 2017, Don and Mary worked as organizational strategy consultants for the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh.
Don has worked as a consultant in 32 states and 8 countries on economic development, environmental improvement, and community development assignments. His clients have included several U.S. and state government agencies, Indian tribes, regional organizations, local governments, and diverse nonprofit organizations. He has held leadership positions in various national and state economic development organizations. He taught economic development courses at the University of Oklahoma and Cleveland State University. He is the author of over 20 academic and professional articles, book chapters, and monographs on economic development and environmental issues. Don has also authored 6 books of poetry and 4 books combining his poetry and photography.
Don's educational background includes a Master of Divinity degree, a Master's degree in Mind-Body Medicine, and professional certifications in Reiki, mindfulness, meditation, and life purpose coaching. His first Master's thesis was on the subject of Buddist mind-body theory and practice. His second Master's thesis was on the subject of the relationship between Lakota (American Indian) spirituality and sacred land. He is expected to receive his Doctor of Divinity degree in the spring of 2020. His dissertation topic is about the rise and impact of digital spirituality in American society.
Mary R. Iannone
B.S., CHCE, CRMT
Mary's career spans almost 40 years in healthcare management. For the past 2 years, she and her husband Don have worked as complementary medicine therapists and advisors to Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Center. In 2017, Mary and Don worked as organizational strategy consultants for the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh.
Mary held several administrative leadership positions at Cleveland Clinic. Just prior to her retirement in 2016, she was the Executive Director for Front-End Operations for the Cleveland Clinic Health System. Before that, she was the Administrator for the Head and Neck Institute, the Digestive Disease Institute, Vascular Surgery Department, and the Division of Surgery. She served as an advisor to several Cleveland Clinic expansion projects over the years, including the Clinic's operations in the United Arab Emirates.
Mary has held national leadership positions in healthcare management. She served on several enterprise-wide committees and task forces during her tenure at Cleveland Clinic. Before she joined Cleveland Clinic, she worked for the former Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland and managed several large physician practices.
Mary's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She partially completed coursework for an MBA. She is a Certified Healthcare Executive (CHCE) and has completed extensive leadership and management training at Cleveland Clinic. Mary is trained and certified as a Reiki Master Therapist (CRMT).
"Spirit animates and connects everyone and every place in the world. For this reason, we should strive to see every aspect of life as sacred. My work is aimed at building intersections allowing us to encounter spirit and experience the Divine in everyday life."
~ Don Iannone
"We need to work together as stewards of life and this world. Belief in a Higher Purpose helps us to get beyond ourselves and care for each other and the planet." That's what my work is at this point in my life."
~ Mary Iannone