Dave holds a B.A. from California Lutheran University, an M-Div. from the Iliff School of Theology, and a doctorate in Spiritual Disciplines, Wellness and Environmental Concerns from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
He currently coordinates the Sustainable Tourism concentration for the USF School of Global Sustainability and serves as president and executive director of the WHALE Center (Wellness Health And Lifestyle Education).
As the first ordained environmental minister in the nation, Dave has successfully coordinated a national campaign to preserve water, wildlife, and wilderness areas on behalf of the Pitkin County Commissioners, served as political and environmental advisor to John Denver, and initial program development coordinator for John Denver's Windstar Foundation. Dave was selected as one of the five lead off witnesses for hearings by the U. S. Presidential Commission for a Peace Academy & Conflict Resolution, and helped lead a team of 150 persons at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following the Earth Summit, Dave worked with several local and national organizations to provide follow-up leadership training for peace, justice, and sustainability issues for intergenerational teams from local churches, youth from the International Four Worlds Earth Ambassador Program, the Salt Lake County Peer Leadership Development team, and a special leadership training in environmental concerns with youth involved in local gangs.
More recently, Dave has been working to address environmental issues within the frame work of the United Religions Initiative where in collaboration with UNEP he developed the Earth and Faith Leadership Development Program that was piloted in the Olympic Village in Salt Lake City, and which received an Olympic Award and an award at the United Nations. Dave also co-facilitates with Dr. Noel Brown the implementation of the the Call to Global Healing an international initiative which was created through collaboration with the United Religions Initiative and UNEP. (see www.globalhealing.net)
Dave is currently Managing Director for the Waves of Change International Ocean Institute Campaign and was selected as one of four Civil Society delegates for North America to the UNEP International meeting in Monaco.
In addition to environmental work, Dave has served as program development coordinator, administrator and faculty for both the Colorado Mountain College Wellness Program and the Aspen Academy of Martial & Healing Arts, and as Wellness Director and Administrative Staff for Deaconess Health Systems in St. Louis, MO, and developed an environmental leadership course for the Claremont Graduate School of Theology.
In 2008 Dave was elected as one of four persons to represent UNEP Civil Society for North America at the Global Forum of Environmental Ministers in Monaco.
Dave has a variety of consulting experiences including the program development, marketing, and leadership for the Breakthrough Cruise on the Mississippi Queen River boat, the Breakthrough to Excellence program at Walt Disney World, providing of a feasibility study for HOK architectural firm and the Medical University of South Carolina $20 million Wellness/Student Center, the Snowbird Wellness Program, and the SLC VAMC Leadership Development & Breakthrough Commitment System.