Don founded The Change Companies® in 1988. Since founding this company, Don has worked with approximately 150 agencies and corporations to tailor Interactive Journals to serve unique populations. His collaborative efforts in Substance Use, Justice Services, Impaired Driving, Healthcare and Education have consistently focused on helping individuals begin the process of positive personal change.
Earlier in his career, Don worked in many industries including hotel management, publishing, higher education administration and healthcare business development. Along the way, he created numerous companies, experiencing both successes and failures. He has his M.S. degree from Iowa State University.
Don is most proud and appreciative of the outstanding employees who have shaped The Change Companies® for over three decades.
As Owner, Sherry has led The Change Companies® from a small, regional publishing shop to a major corporation serving 4,000 clients in all
50 states. During her tenure, Sherry has created a unique process for sophisticated telephone sales, established an error-free system for shipping and developed an employee training, evaluation and compensation program that motivates and guides all staff members.
Alyssa received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining TCC, she was on the faculty of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Primarily interested in the psychology of change, she has served as an investigator on numerous NIH-funded grants examining best practices in implementing evidence-based approaches in real-world settings. Much of Alyssa's work centers on motivational interviewing, a collaborative and empathic communication style that helps strengthen a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. Alyssa has an outstanding national reputation in best practices for implementation of behavioral change strategies with diverse populations and in diverse settings.
For the past two decades, Bill has trained and mentored the sales and customer
support team that serves The Change Companies®' nationwide client
base. Bill provides service to hundreds of program directors, facilitators and
industry leaders in addiction treatment, criminal justice, impaired driving,
youth prevention and intervention and health improvement. His practical knowledge
of The Change Companies®' products and services helps providers in
each of our markets make correct programming decisions.
In his role, Scott oversees training for clients of The Change Companies®. His responsibilities include providing on-site and off-site training for key clients, specifically
"train the trainer" coaching and implementation of Interactive Journaling®. Scott has comprehensive knowledge of The Change Companies®' products and curricula. An excellent communicator, Scott specializes in teaching and leading groups using his strong
presentation and facilitation skills. He also is certified in training design
from the Bob Pike Group.
In the time Lisa has been with The Change Companies®, she's used her sense of humor to put clients at ease and always has a laugh to share. In her spare time Lisa likes gardening, reading, journaling or letting loose on her motorcycle. If you happen to get hit with a ball at The Change Companies®, chances are Lisa threw it.
Vice President of Marketing and Product Development
Valerie is motivated by work that makes a difference. After spending seven years developing social-emotional and resilience programs for K-12 youth, she joined The Change Companies® as product and marketing specialist. When she’s not brainstorming creative ways to enhance the experience of our customers, she’s having dance parties with her two adorable toddlers.
Jesse is passionate about behavior change. Prior to joining The Change Companies, he spent the previous eight years helping people navigate life changes at a college. Having completed his MBA, he decided it was time for a change, and what better place than here! It is Jesse’s mission to contribute to The Change Companies’ ongoing success in providing correctional programming nationwide. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys reading historical fiction and spending time with his family.
With a BS in Economics from SMU, some time studying and teaching in South Korea and ten years of passionate sales experience, Maggie is now pursuing her sales career at The Change Companies®. Maggie hopes to inspire others to see the beauty in the world through her Yoga teaching and her innovative jewelry art. At The Change Companies, she strives to help others live the best life they can.
Mary’s career journey has lead to many interesting adventures including owning her own businesses, leading nonprofits and training nonprofits in fundraising and management. Passion for helping others while making an impact in solving community problems motivates Mary. She is surrounded by a large extended family and friends that gathers frequently to celebrate and enjoy time together. Mary loves that The Change Companies® works to create lasting success.
Prior to the past five years in sales with Tesla Energy, Jessica spent seven years in federal service with the Department of Homeland Security. Raised in Reno, Nevada, and graduating with a BA in Criminal Justice from The University of Nevada, Reno, Jessica is thrilled to return to her hometown and join The Change Companies®' amazing team, helping transition clients toward positive life change. Outside of work, she can be found rollerblading, swimming or anything involving the outdoors and her rescue dog, Marty.
Chris brings 19 years of experience in leading high-performance teams in operational strategies, including Green Belt Training and Certification, to his role at The Change Companies®. Using a client-centered approach, his goal is to help create a positive experience for our customers and help them achieve desired results. Outside of work, Chris helps youth develop life skills and build relationships through the game of baseball.
Will moved to Nevada from Silicon Valley after earning a B.A. in Communication as a student-athlete at Saint Mary’s College of California. With previous experience from Ritz-Carlton and Tesla, he is now focused on growing his sales career at The Change Companies®. When he’s not in the office, you might find Will practicing martial arts, playing guitar or running the trails by Lake Tahoe.
Having been a professional caregiver to veterans with spinal cord injuries for over a decade, serving others is an important part of what makes showing up to the workplace so gratifying for Debra. She was excited to join The Change Companies® and continue in a career of providing valuable services to others. During her free time, you can find Debra on the golf course, at the lake paddleboarding or kayaking or just reading a book!
When she is not at The Change Companies®, Natalie likes to spend time with her family, whether that be out window shopping, going on new adventures or staying at home to watch movies. Most Saturdays, she is at her parent’s house for family dinner night, which tends to be a full house. Having grown up on a small farm with goats and chickens, Natalie currently expresses her love of animals by caring for her three cats.
With an eclectic work background ranging from professional theatre to advertising, to marketing, to sales, to teaching, Toni is happy to be a member of The Change Companies®’ team. Bringing a creative spin to her day-to-day activities, in her off hours Toni enjoys traveling with her husband, gardening, cooking, antique hunting and going to the theatre. She has a healthy collection of teapots, music boxes and artwork.
Michelle joins our growing creative team with a BFA in graphic design and diverse experience in creative services, brand development and marketing communications. An expressionist driven by purposeful work, her passion for helping others achieve success brought her to The Change Companies®. When she isn’t backpacking in the mountains or creating abstract paintings, Michelle dreams of starting a nonprofit organization devoted to helping children and adolescents heal through art therapy.
John brings more than a decade of multimedia experience to The Change Companies® from his work on creative teams at established national brands. As a videographer, John is seldom seen without camera(s) in hand and has a love for storytelling, helping others look their best and bringing all the details together to make an impact. No stranger to change and a constant learner, he proudly supports the organization’s focus on self-improvement.
While enjoying life’s daily adventures with his librarian wife, he is a dedicated cat dad, record collector, nature photographer and chicken tender connoisseur.
Susan serves as Senior Editor of The Change Companies®. Throughout her more than 20 years with the company, she has developed a passion and level of expertise in curricula for impaired driving and offender populations. One of her primary roles is to work with state contacts to develop, update and edit tailored impaired driving program materials.
A Michigan native, Susan is a devoted Detroit sports fan and University of Michigan enthusiast, both of which can be very trying at times!
Jenni joined The Change Companies® with a journalism degree, several years’ editorial experience and innate curiosity. She’s thrilled to work with industry experts and help create resources for positive change. One of Jenni’s first jobs was playing fiddle in a bluegrass band.
With a BA in English and seven years of experience in editing and writing, Reba is thrilled to continue her journey with The Change Companies® as a writer. She is passionate about mental health and wellness and exploring ways to continually better herself and support others in these areas. When she isn’t writing or editing, Reba can usually be found somewhere in the mountains with her dog – trail running, mountain biking, snowboarding or hiking.
Brie joined The Change Companies® as a writer after studying interdisciplinary arts and science research. Passionate about empowering others to pursue the changes they wish to make, she followed her education by working as a researcher, writer and editor. In her free time, Brie loves to share adventures with her dog, cook and cuddle with her cats.
Christine joined The Change Companies® with a BFA in graphic design and a background in the health & wellness industry. Her aesthetic approach often involves a sense of play, aiming to put the fun in functional. She has a strong belief in design as a problem-solving tool and is looking forward to applying her experience and skills to her role in the creative department. On the weekends, Christine likes to teach her Red Heeler tricks and hang in the air from silks.
Kyla joined The Change Companies® with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design and several years of experience in creative services. She’s passionate about designing with a purpose and is eager to apply her skills and contribute to the creative team. As a recent Gulf Coast transplant, Kyla is enjoying her new surroundings. When she’s not at work, you can find her shredding powder in the Sierra Nevada.
John's background in warehouse management brought him to The Change Companies® over a decade ago. He oversees the shipment of over a million Interactive Journals a year to clients across the country, and is proud of his role in contributing to our important mission of positive behavioral change. John's favorite after-work pastime is going fishing with his wife.
In his role at the warehouse, Jimmy prepares orders. His favorite part of The Change Companies® has been the welcoming, friendly people. He can see himself working here for many years. When not working, Jimmy enjoys spending time with his daughter and likes to play soccer, which he has played since he was a child, in addition to coaching his nieces’ teams. He also closely follows the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Eric began his career at The Change Companies® as a Regional Sales Director. After leaving to serve in the military, he’s happy to be back at The Change Companies® as a member of the warehouse team. Outside of work, Eric enjoys spending time with his son and pursuing a variety of hobbies including nature photography, woodcarving, archery and hiking.
Jose has worked for The Change Companies® for eight years, doing a variety of warehouse jobs, including order pulling, bulk packaging and shipping and receiving. His favorite part of The Change Companies® is the company culture and his employers. In his spare time, Jose enjoys bowling and quad riding.
Shawn joined The Change Companies® in 2016 after completing his studies in Computer Science. His love for technology and keeping up on all of the latest programs and gadgets helps to ensure that the company systems are always running smoothly. A native Nevadan, Shawn enjoys working on his new home and spending time with his family, especially on Taco Tuesdays!
Kevin’s role at The Change Companies® is a perfect fit with his personal goals and philosophy. He enjoys building digital tools to make life a little bit easier, simplifying complex concepts and creating opportunities for the spark of delight that comes from a feeling of discovery. Outside of work, Kevin gets his kicks by cycling up the formidable peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. A native of Reno, Nevada, he still lives there with his wife and son.
At an early age, Johnny was drawn to the fitness, health and wellness lifestyle. At 16, he received his first Personal Training Certification. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Theater and Health Ecology and a master’s in Justice Management while working as a reserve police officer for the University of Nevada, Reno. For 13 years, he served as the full-time Fitness Coordinator for UNR’s Fitness and Recreational Sports department, and now he is proud and excited to a part of The Change Companies® team.
This is a team full of warm, hard-working and talented individuals, driven by our shared mission of
promoting positive behavior change. The rewarding work we do, combined with great people, a fun culture and an art-rich work environment, make it
easy (exciting even!) to get out of bed each morning.
Valerie Bagley/Vice President of Marketing and Product Development - The Change Companies®