2013 Team Hope Walk Ambassador
Though Donald has Huntington’s Disease and is symptomatic, he is one of the happiest most uplifting people to be around. When you walk up to him, if he isn’t already smiling, he will be as soon as he sees you coming his way. Donald has dedicated his life to helping others and raising his two sons.
Over the years Donald earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wesleyan College in Connecticut, a Masters of Art degree from Rutgers College in New Jersey, and pursued doctoral studies at Stanford University, in California.
Donald taught Early Childhood Development at Allan Hancock College (AHC), in Santa Maria, CA, for twenty nine years. During this time, he taught Personal Development courses at AHC for twelve years, served on a number of committees for AHC Public Safety Dept. & Social Sciences Dept. and served as director of the AHC Children's Center for nine years as well; all the while Donald was mentoring other new faculty members.
Donald’s love of poetry and music has also been an integral part of his life. He is a published author of a book of poetry, played cello in the Santa Maria Symphony and in local symphonic groups for many years. Donald served on the board of the Santa Maria Children's Museum and was a vigorous fundraiser there.
Donald has been a featured speaker and presenter at state and national conferences on Child Development and Men in Child Care; he has acquired an extensive and broad compilation in his repertoire of helping others but still he continues on, now within the HD community. Soon, Donald will will proudly add another title; this time he will be wearing a hat with a completely new title… grandpa!
Donald and best friend Bob are supportive of the HD community and are two people that so many have come to expect to see at an event. They volunteer their time and offer help whenever they can, they regularly attend and contribute to support group meetings and have been a source of inspiration for countless HD families and community members. HDSA–OC is proud to have Donald Tillery as our 2013 Team Hope Walk ambassador here in Orange County.