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Dr. Don Grossnickle

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Disability Outreach-Vicariate Dir...

Local Address: Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
Permanent Deacon-Archdiocese of Chicago

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • doctorate , curriculum and supervision
    Northern Illinois University
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Don Grossnickle Director, Disability Outreach Partnership Ministry 1253 S. Walnut Arlington Heights, IL 60005 (847) 956-7432 Phone
About the Author | Gridiron Alliance Benefit | Unbreakable Resilience, 14 Mar 2014 [cached]
Today, Don Grossnickle, Ed.D., is a retired school curriculum administrator who also serves as an ordained permanent deacon volunteering and serving the Archdiocese of Chicago and a suburban Arlington Heights church, Our Lady of The Wayside. He is author of over ten books and some fifty published articles including: Great Moments in Football Halftime Sport, and several school related books addressing topic like; adolescent motivation, high school dropout, teaching responsibility and school and classroom, school discipline and more. Since 1999, Grossnickle has devoted himself on mission to researching and penning Unbreakable Resilience. His familiarity with spinal cord injuries stems from an earlier life experience when as a youth he helped saved the life of a hiking companion who had fallen off a cliff and was critically hurt suffering brain and spinal cord injuries.
Along with authoring books, Grossnickle is co-founder of Gridiron Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit for student-athletes who have suffered catastrophic, spinal cord injuries while playing sports. The Gridiron Alliance provides resources, programming, and mentoring for student-athletes who rehabilitate from these life-altering injuries. Grossnickle was the National Executive Director of the Center for Compassion and Healing 2010-2011.
Grossnickle's accolades include being presented with the St. Stephen the Deacon Award by the Chicago Archdiocese leader Cardinal George Francis in 2006, which recognized his work with spinal cord injured athletes. He received the prestigious Horace Mann Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the school community by the Illinois Principal's Association. In 2004 he was recognized by the World Ability Federation and was presented with the Ann Sullivan-Helen Keller award. Today, Grossnickle continues to serves a half-million Catholics throughout Chicago and its suburbs as Director of Outreach for Persons with Disability, a regional program administered by the Archdiocese of Chicago.
For each, the disability promised "a life worse than death," but with the help of compassionate family, friends professionals and understanding people like Don Grossnickle, Ed.D., they were able to tap into resources including hope, faith and inspiration amid a dark and uncertain world that lay ahead.
Board of Advisors, 17 July 2011 [cached]
Dr. Don Grossnickle
Don Grossnickle - The World Ability Federation, 29 Nov 2007 [cached]
Don Grossnickle
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Don Grossnickle
Don Grossnickle
About Dr. Don Grossnickle Dr. Don Grossnickle is a career educational leader.He served for over 15 years as a secondary school curriculum director prior to pursuing early retirement in 2002.Don was selected to serve as the National Chairman of the (NASSP) National Association of Secondary School Principal's curriculum committee.He was a high school biology teacher and assistant principal.Dr. Grossnickle received his doctorate in curriculum and supervision from Northern Illinois University in 1980.He has taught graduate level courses in curriculum design and development.Don is the author/co-author of 6 books and over 50 published articles on the topics of: adolescent motivation, discipline in secondary schools, and prevention of high school dropouts.
Most recently Deacon Don Grossnickle is a full time volunteer Founder/Director of a Disability Outreach Partnership Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago.Don is an ordained permanent deacon serving the Roman Catholic Community on the special staff of Bishop Jerome Listecki.
Don received the Horace Mann Lifetime Community Service Award from the Illinois Principal's Association in 2001.
The Stauros Center for Compassion and Healing ~ Stauros U.S.A., 7 Feb 2011 [cached]
Don Grossnickle, Executive Director.
Dr. Don Grossnickle has been serving as an ordained permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Chicago for 20 years. Since 2000, Deacon Don has become immersed in the search for meaning in the midst of suffering as he has adopted a ministry to high school football players who endure catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries. He serves on the Archdiocese Board for Persons with Disabilities, and is Director of Outreach Services for a large vicariate serving nearly 2 million persons. In 2002 he received the Anne Sullivan-Helen Keller Award from the World Ability Federation for exemplary support outreach for persons with disabilities. In 2005 Don was the recipient of the Saint Stephen the Deacon Award for self-less lifelong service to the church and community of Chicago.
Don is married and the father of three grown children. He is a former career teacher at all levels. He accepted early retirement in 2003 from his role as a high school curriculum director. He has authored and coauthored several books and published many articles dealing with motivation and failure prevention in schools. Don has spoken widely all across the US to educators and parents. Don considers himself blessed to carry and share the good news to persons who are suffering and reach out to caregivers and professional support staff.
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