Dan Steinwald: Director National Board ; Chapter Chair Niagara Region
Duty, Honor, Community
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I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. My maternal grandparents were Irish and my paternal grandmother was from Berlin, ON, so it’s not surprising that today I have dual Canadian/American citizenship. Also much of my developing adolescence was spent summering at Crystal Beach and Sherkston Quarry.
My professional life is divided into two phases:
Inspired by the 50’s TV series “The Men of West Point”, I attended the United States Military Academy with aspirations of a military career, although there was no history of military service in my family. In five years after graduation I was stationed in Europe, the U.S., and served a combat tour in Viet Nam. I resigned my commission as a Captain to follow a new direction in healthcare management.
I earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration and embarked on my new career. It began as a community healthcare planner and quickly rose through the ranks to become the CEO of a major community hospital and was also the Founding Director of a community health center.
My commitment to HHA has its origins in 2017. After a five year struggle with colorectal cancer, my wife and I decided to move back to Niagara on the Lake to be close to family and friends during the final phase of her life’s journey. With the loving support of our Doula, she was finally at peace on St. Patrick’s Day 2018. My work with the team establishing Diana’s Pathway is my lasting gift to an extraordinary woman.
What is your background? I am a father, grandfather, widower, veteran combat soldier, and retired healthcare executive committed to continuing service.
What are the values that drive you? Honesty, Integrity and Service to others.
Who is someone you admire, and why? Consistent with my dual citizenship, I admire RFK and PET. Both men showed intelligence, grace and strong leadership.
Your top three favorite books, music artists or movies? One from each: Book – “Illuminata” by Marianne Williamson. Spiritual writings that inspired Diana; Music Artist – Leonard Cohen Although I’m very partial to KD Lang’s version of his Hallelujah.; Movie – “The Americanization of Emily” starring Julie Andrews and James Garner.
Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? I don’t think so. What you see is me.
Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me on the couch, Alf on my lap, cup of coffee in my hand, watching news or sports on TV.
How do you want people to remember you? I was a loving husband, a good father, a great grandfather, a trusted and honest friend.
Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years? I’m at an age where I don’t think that far in the future but without sounding morbid or depressed I expect to be with my Diana.