David L. Heaney has spent his career helping individuals and organizations discover and pursue their own special transformational paths. He received a bachelors degree from State University of New York at Purchase, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of San Diego, and a master’s degree from the Divinity School at Yale University.
After graduating from Yale Divinity School he was ordained Deacon, then Priest and served served as a full-time parish minister for the next twenty years. During his last five years in parish ministry, David earned a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and worked part-time as a therapist and instructor with the University of San Diego’s Marriage and Family Therapy program.
After leaving parish work, he worked for a short time with a faith-based non-profit. Helping pioneer new programs linking the business community with disadvantaged populations as welfare reforms were introduced led to his recruitment by a large publicly-traded government services firm where he worked as a Senior Vice President for the Human Services Group focused principally on international initiatives including implementation of public assistance programs in Israel, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Australia. After sixteen years, he cofounded The Social Assistance Partnership (TSAP), a boutique consulting firm that assists health and human-service organizations worldwide.
David is the author of A YORKIE’S TALE: LESSONS FROM A LIFE WELL-LIVED, THE BLACK FOX OF BECKHAM and NATHANIEL’S GOT THE BLUES.
David’s work in parish ministry, family systems therapy, and in international business have provided him unique insights into the psychological, spiritual, and social factors that both build and break individuals, families, and communities. He is particularly interested in the dynamics of dramatic life change and the role personal resilience plays in navigating such changes.
David lives with his wife, Lynda, and their two dogs in St. Louis, Missouri.