Don's career spans four decades in economic development, health care, environmental protection, and higher education. Since 2017, he and his wife Mary have worked as consultants to Cleveland Clinic. Throughout 2017, they worked as organizational strategy consultants for the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh.
Don serves on the faculty of Transcontinental University, teaching in its global, systems-based MBA and Ph.D. in Business programs. He also teaches philosophy courses at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles.
Don has worked as a strategy, policy, and research consultant in 32 states and 8 countries. 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, including the International Economic Development Council and the Ohio Economic Development Association. He taught economic development courses at the University of Oklahoma and Cleveland State University. While at Cleveland State University, Don managed a U.S. EPA-funded Environmental Finance Center for 8 years and a U.S. Department of Commerce-funded Economic Development Center for 14 years. Don served as a member of the U.S. EPA's Environmental Finance Board for 6 years. 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. Recently, he published two new books in the contemporary spirituality field.
Don's educational background includes a Doctor of Divinity degree, a Master of Divinity degree, a Master's degree in Philosophy, a professional diploma in Economic Development, graduate training in Organizational Behavior, and an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology. Don is also certified as a Reiki Master therapist, meditation guide, and life purpose coach. Finally, he is an ordained interfaith minister.
Mary R. Iannone
B.S., CHCE, CRMT
Mary's career spans almost 40 years in healthcare management. For the past 3 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, the 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).