NVTI courses rely on the knowledge, expertise, and dynamic presence of our excellent NVTI Instructors. Below are just a few of our instructors who are helping bring NVTI courses to life every day.
Dan is the Founder and Executive Director of Coda Learning, a veteran-owned small business launched in 2016 that delivers blended learning and instructional design services nationwide. He is currently an instructor and Subject Matter Expert for the National Veterans' Training Institute (NVTI), a trainer in Management Concepts’ grants domain (pre- through post-award), and a lecturer at Texas State University’s Certified Public Manager program.
Prior to forming Coda Learning, Dan had retired after 30 years of public service leading government-sponsored training and education programs for workers in the transportation, first responder, aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare, construction, safety, environmental and energy sectors. He has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, is certified in contracts (CTCM) and grants management (GMCP), and recently completed the Veterans to Work certificate program sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation.
Volunteerism is a priority for Dan, and he has over 15 years of community service on various non-profit boards supporting public education, the arts, civil rights and social action. He is a Navy veteran (1969-1973) and proud of his continuing service as an advocate for veterans, their spouses, families, and caregivers through NVTI programs and as a volunteer mentor at the Williamson County Veteran’s Treatment Court.
Greg Davis was born, raised, and educated in Colorado and has been married for 27 years with two kids who just graduated college. He started at NVTI when the Institute held its very first class in Denver, CO. As the lead producer of the “Media Group” for NVTI, he created classroom videos, online learning courses, support media, and several award-winning productions for the Institute, while also producing programs for the Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Defense (DOD), and numerous other clients. Greg later transitioned into training, facilitating hundreds of classes for thousands of participants. He is now a contract facilitator with NVTI, training both the online and classroom courses at the Institute. After over 30 years, he is incredibly thankful and blessed to continue this amazing opportunity: helping veterans
An NVTI Instructor since 2018, Steve facilitates the four-week NVTI Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA) Investigators Online class (9631) and the two-week USERRA Investigators class (9605).
He previously served as a Senior Investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) in the regional office in Atlanta, Georgia. In that role he managed the Atlanta region’s VETS compliance programs overseeing 14 federal field investigators in eight southeastern states that investigated veterans’ complaints concerning reemployment in federal, state, local governments, and the private sector and veterans’ preference in federal hiring.
Steve joined DOL VETS in 2000 as an Assistant Director in Georgia and personally investigated over 50 compliance cases. He also conducted federal employment grant on-site evaluations of 53 Georgia state employment offices and monitored the operational efficiencies at nine Transition Assistance Program (TAP) sites located at military installations in the state. Prior to joining VETS, he served as a TAP site manager providing outplacement services, including job workshops and personal job employment assistance to transitioning military personnel. Steve spent 26 years in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1991. He served as an Artillery Officer and Instructor in stateside locations, Korea, Vietnam, Germany, and Saudi Arabia.
He holds a master’s degree in Education from Chapman College in Orange County, CA, a bachelor’s degree in Business from Cameron University in Lawton, OK, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff School. Steve and his wife Karen reside in Marietta, GA and Portsmouth, VA.
Wendy Schaeffer is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, a career coach, and an adjunct instructor residing in southern California. She has a Master of Science in Management. Wendy has served on workforce development committees in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the US Virgin Islands. Her 30-year career began at Oklahoma Junior College where she was Assistant Dean. Other roles she has held include, Learning and Development Project Lead, Training Program Manager, Assistant Director of Development, Director of Operations, and Chief of Talent Resources. More recently, she served the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) as an Employment Workshop Facilitator and Master Trainer, coaching transitioning service members at military bases in California, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
She is the grateful spouse, mom, and daughter of veterans and military service members across the branches and feels blessed to be supporting professionals who provide the employment resources veterans need and deserve.
John Rio, MA, CRC, is a Houston, Texas based consultant, speaker, and trainer providing expertise on housing, employment, and supportive services for disadvantaged populations including veterans and individuals with behavioral health conditions. He is an instructor with National Veterans’ Training and Institute (NVTI), training both web-based and classroom courses.
Previously, John led the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) and Co-Directed the Chronic Homelessness Employment Technical Assistance Center (CHETA). He provides supported technical assistance in the area of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Veterans Affairs (VA), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In addition, he reviews submissions for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal and Psychiatric Services and has been a member of the VA Committee on Rehabilitation to advise the VA Secretary.
John and his wife Kate enjoy a busy life with 6 children and 19 grandchildren.