grew up and lived around the world, including Taiwan, Greece and up and down both coasts of the U.S. plus Hawaii and Alaska.
Dan first attended college at Vanderbilt University and received an honors degree in Electrical Engineering.
After college he
was commissioned as a naval officer and was selected for nuclear training.
spent a year learning nuclear theory and hands-on nuclear plant management.
Dan served five years as a naval officer on two nuclear submarines in clandestine and highly classified submerged operations.
During this time he
was responsible for various nuclear plant operations, maintenance of nuclear weapons and the operation of high tech, billion-dollar submarines.
After serving in the navy, Dan received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
During his business career, Dan spent over twenty years as a corporate executive, including International Controller (for Dole Foods), CFO for an electronics company in California and years consulting, mapping business processes in large-scale integrative software (ERP) implementations.
After a shamanic experience, he
left it all behind to begin the role of elderhood (giving back, helping others, healing).
has now been an initiated shaman in the Nahua tradition (granicero) for nine years and is also an initiated shaman in the Huichol tradtion (marakame).
He serves as a Board member of the Blue Deer Center, a retreat center providing a home for ancestral traditions and is also a Shaman-in-Residence for the Blue Deer Center.