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Donald L. Neely, DHS - Bio


Born: 11 August 1935, Davenport, IA
Son of Allen Sr. and Reba Neely
Married: Elaine
Three children: Lisa St. Claire, Annette (Joe) Copa, Bruce (Melissa) Neely
Seven grandchildren: Mallory, Joseph, Zoe, Erin, Ben, Liam, Phoebe


Bachelor of Arts, University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
Master of Divinity, University of Dubuque Seminary, Dubuque, IA
Doctor of Human Sexuality, Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, San Francisco, CA

US Army Education

US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS
US Army Chaplain School, Ft. Hamilton, NY
US Army Chaplain School, Ft. Slocum, NY

Professional Experience

Pastor, Presbyterian Church
Certified Massage Therapist
Certified Human Sexuality Educator, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
Associate Professor, Indiana University at South Bend
Assistant Professor of Sexuality, Mentor for DMin Students, Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, San Francisco, CA
Member, 2002, US Olympic Sports Massage Team, Salt Lake City, UT
Former Grief Counselor, Forest G. Hay Funeral Home, South Bend, IN
Former Pastor, Ridgedale Presbyterian Church, South Bend, IN
Various other pastor assignments
Chaplain (LTC), US Army, in various units throughout the world, including Vietnam

Military Decorations

Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device for Valor

Current Community Experience

1980-Present: South Bend Fire Department, South Bend, IN, Senior Chaplain
1977-Present: South Bend Police Department, South Bend, IN, Senior Chaplain
Recipient of Wilbert Cunningham Award for Excellence in Police Chaplaincy in 2008

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