Daniel was raised by his father who was a St. Paul firefighter for almost 30 years along with his brother that is currently a St. Paul firefighter. Daniel is a decorated Marine Corps combat veteran that has devoted his life to helping others. A military-trained leader with in-depth knowledge of the interconnectedness between psychological health and operational readiness, and a passion for helping people that have experienced trauma. He has worked with Wounded Warrior project since 2015 and previously served as the Minnesota Army National Guard’s State Suicide Prevention Program Manager. Daniel has been a huge advocate for veterans and first responders and spoke nationally on his personal experience, including testifying in front of the United States Senate in 2010 and The United States Congress in 2011. After losing his brother to suicide shortly after separating from the Marine Corps, Daniel has worked diligently to spread the message of hope and raise awareness for suicide prevention through public speaking, suicide intervention classes and tireless hours of personal service helping veterans, law enforcement and first responders. Daniel is a fan of taking a no nonsense approach infused with humor to help individuals get to a better place.
Daniel has a Bachelor of Art in Electronic Media Communications, Bachelor of Science in Technical Management, Master of Arts in Human Services and a Master of Social Work (MSW). He’s a certified suicide alertness trainer for LivingWorks’ safeTALK, as well as a Master trainer for LivingWorks’ Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).