We are Designed Future. | A radically inclusive, just, and loving organization.
We all have the inalienable right to happiness. Designed Future seeks to lead the world away from mediocrity, pettiness, and hopelessness and into excellence, love, happiness, and human connectedness. We are creating a new context for life, in which all people might prosper, in which all poverty might disappear. Without a shred of doubt, we know what’s very possible in the world. A world where everyone thrives. We see human beings collaborating, not competing. There would be no brutality because we wouldn’t fight. There would be no hunger because we would take care of one another. Prejudice, oppression, poverty, and needless suffering would no longer subsist. These are the miracles we believe in. And it’s the platform for our existence as Designed Future. We offer dynamic programs that transform the quality of life for others. Our personal development programs are life success workshops that go far beyond life coaching.
The Designed Future Team
President, Executive Director, and Course Facilitator
Julie Dankovich is the President and Executive Director of Designed Future. Her unique philosophy adopts new thought provoking approaches to personal and professional success founded in a variety of disciplines that include psychology, neuroscience, spirituality, and quantum mechanics. She is the author of A Course in Prosperity- The Bible for Masters of Prosperity. Julie has a Masters Degree in Education and is a former educator. She was a freelancer for The Chicago Tribune from 1996-2002 and Vice President/Senior Merchant Account Specialist at Fifth Third Processing Solutions/Vantiv from 2003-2014.
There’s a spark, a special brand of magic in this high-energy, philosophical trailblazer. Cross paths with Julie and you’ll never be the same again. Fueled with more positivity than you’ve ever seen in a human being, Julie infuses life-changing and mind-transforming approaches to success that are easy to understand and implement.
Julie’s life changing journey began in 1995 when her 15-year marriage came to an end. She had been a stay-at-home mother of two boys, and the heavy doses of fear from having to quickly create an income became the catalyst for the rigorous application of the mental training methods she’d read about for years in books authored by new-thought leaders like Napolean Hill, W. Clement Stone, Neville Goddard, Louise Hay, Shakti Gawain, and Dr. Bernie Segal, to name a few. It wasn’t long before physical evidence of her mental discipline began to appear, and a new way of life began for Julie and her two sons.
Julie’s father, Daniel Yovich, laid the foundation for his daughter’s pursuit of self-mastery. Yovich partnered with W. Clement Stone and played a pivotal role in establishing the Napolean Hill Foundation World Learning Center at Purdue University’s Calumet campus, which is still in existence today. Yovich was one of the first to become certified as an instructor of Napolean Hill’s Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) course work. Julie is most certainly her father’s daughter. Her work is a tribute to the legacy her father leaves behind.
In 2010, Julie began leading her programs free of charge to those who were in dire need of an income. THRIVE! is available to the general public and helps fund the work we do with marginalized and vulnerable individuals. Julie lives in Grand Rapids, MI and leads the Designed Future program offerings throughout the country to groups, organizations, families, and small businesses. Her boys are now grown and are a consistent source of unconditional love, support, and deep fulfillment in her life.
Program Director and Program Facilitator
Deb Gockman has her own brand of awesomeness. How do we love her? Let us count the ways. First of all, you can count on Deb. She does what she says she’s going to do without missing a beat. Her intuition is her super secret power. Deb is a life and career coach who empowers others to pursue their life goals.
Deb is one of our program facilitators. She is a certified hypno-therapist who received her training at the Alternative Practitioner Academy. She is also trained in medical hypnosis. Deb completed her life coach training at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) in 2011 and is also a public speaker.
After raising her children, Deb soared out into the world fueled with a passion to inspire others to take action on their dreams and achieve their goals. She’s dedicated herself to refining and advancing her natural healing ability through devoted spiritual work that enhances and strengthens her already refined level of expertise.
Deb attended one of the first Prosperity programs and shortly thereafter, had her family attend one as well. Deb is passionate about sharing her knowledge and gifts with the world. She supports others in achieving whatever it is they want in life by transcending their limiting beliefs and self-doubts. The immediate shift in her own way of thinking was so dramatic after attending THRIVE that Deb was undeniably compelled to help us bring our message to the masses. Hence, she joined our team and has been on fire ever since.
Deb has four grown children, all amazing in their own capacity. In her spare time, you’ll find Deb and her husband, Jack, caring for and nurturing the clan of hens, yes hens, that take up residence in her backyard.
Small Group Facilitator
Pam Dearth brings twenty-four years as a special educator to the Designed Future Team. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Illinois Benedictine College in addition to a Master’s degree and certification as a Reading Specialist. Her experience as a Learning Behavior Specialist gives her a skill set which allows her to affect change in the lives of others by helping others see themselves as change agents in their own lives. With an endless curiosity in the psychology of behavior, Pam is always acquiring new knowledge to identify the motivations that trigger dysfunctional behaviors.
Pam’s optimism and insight breathes life into our organization on a regular basis. When she sees a need, she works to fulfill it. She’s an idea generator and problem solver and has generated countless teaching ideas to improve learning that have been implemented by both students and teachers.
Pam’s journey with Designed Future began in 2012 when she attended one the organization’s first life-changing Prosperity programs. She attended a second program a few years later that helped to refine the skill set she gained in the previous class. Much to her surprise, after assisting at a Designed Future program in 2017, Pam experienced an insight and awakening so profound that she was inspired to join and contribute to the dynamic team at Designed Future.
In her spare time, Pam enjoys preparing Sunday dinners for her family that includes her husband, her three grown daughters, son-in-laws, and seven grandchildren. Her personal credo is: I rise in prayer, I rise in gratitude, I rise in joy!
No one conceives and implements strategic marketing plans better than Hernalee Walker. Hernalee helps us identify new marketing opportunities, initiate new product introductions and ensure our revenue growth. She’s the driving force behind the creative and strategic elements of our marketing initiatives including print and Web collateral development, lead generation, as well as customer segmentation/profiling and awareness strategies. She ensures our brand is impeccable.
This no-nonsense New Yorker quickly became an indispensable part of our volunteer team. Yes, this marketing aficionado is a volunteer. What would we do without her? We hope we never know. Her efforts are selfless and immeasurable. They’re life-giving to Designed Future.
Hernalee is hard-working. She’s modest. And her engagement with our organization is one of the biggest blessings we’ve had since our inception. Hernalee has spent countless hours creating and fine-tuning our strategy, so we can be even more impactful in reaching those we serve.
Hernalee is the VP of Marketing at Keshot Co. in New York. She has an M.B.A. Business Administration and Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in Marketing from Baruch College.
DR. MOHAMMAD SALAMEH, MD, FACP, FHM
Chairman, Board of Directors
Dr. Salameh is a highly respected physician and the Internal Medicine Department Chair for the IHA Hospital Medicine Service. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his Internal Medicine residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. Dr. Salameh has been a member of St. Joe’s core faculty since 2001 and holds medical school faculty appointments with both Wayne State University and the University of Michigan Medical School.
He’s one of the most intelligent human beings you’ll ever meet. He’s also one of the most generous. In his capacity as Chairman of the Board, Dr. Salameh has general supervision of all Designed Future business affairs. He gives direction and inertia to the formulation and achievement of our philosophy, mission, strategy, and goals. He consistently assures that we’re making timely progress toward the fulfillment of our strategic plan.
Dr. Salameh maintains a steadfast commitment to our mission. This results in the proper allocation of time to provide the leadership, to help shepherd our organization, and to work with its members, executive leaders, and staff on an ongoing basis to ensure we help those who cannot help themselves.
Dr. Salameh acts as our watchdog to ensure that the mission and philosophy of the organization are maintained. He helps safeguard the ideals that motivated and inspired us to launch Designed Future in the first place.
V.P. , Board of Directors
Hans Steiner has a real knack for problem solving and logic. He has over 20 years of business development experience in both high and low technology industries, including food-service franchising, real estate investing, dot.com start-ups and renewable & thermal energy development. This well-rounded native of Michigan lived in Berlin, Germany for 3 years where he was involved in international finance acquisition for project-financed power plant developments in emerging economies.
Hans received his Undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit; a certificate of study from the Berlin School of Economics & Law; and an MBA in International Business from L’École des Ponts Paris Tech in Paris, France. Hans currently serves as Business Development Director for a local mechanical engineering consulting firm. In his spare time, you’ll find Hans doting over his beautiful wife and their four adorable children.
At six and half feet tall, Hans towers over the rest of us. And he plays just as hard as he works. An avid nature enthusiast, Hans leads a very fulfilling life, and nicely balances his thriving professional career with family, friends, travel, and paying it forward to those in serious need. Hans attended The Prosperity Program in 2012.
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Blake Dankovich is the CFO of Technology at Allstate Insurance Company in Northbrook, IL. He’s ambitious, focused, thoughtful, a gifted athlete, and a real tender-heart, always on the look-out to help those in need. He’s also a results driven finance leader with an impressive and diverse background in implementing successful organizational, financial, and technological improvements. The guy has a strong analytic and consulting mindset that easily identifies untapped opportunities. He’s also a snappy dresser.
Blake worked internationally for Allstate at their Northern Ireland office in Belfast, United Kingdom, in addition to playing professional basketball for the Belfast Tropics. He earned both his BA and MBA from Eastern Illinois University.
We lean on Blake a great deal. We can count on him, always. Each time we’ve requested his assistance with a project, Blake provides an unbelievable turn-around time that leaves us speechless. Blake is married to Lis. Together, they have an extremely energetic Boston Terrier named Taco.
Director of Fund Development, Board of Directors
As a Member at Large on our Board of Directors, Bill Ryder doesn’t waste time getting down to brass tacks and making things happen quickly. With “big picture” vision and the drive to make that vision a reality, Bill is a seasoned account executive and sales manager specializing in business development, channel partnering, consultative sales, and client relations.
Bill is an account executive with an interior design software company based in Grand Rapids, MI. Early on in his extensive career, Bill worked for Martin Marietta and was involved in thermal protection systems for NASA’s space shuttle program. Bill is adept at developing new business by creating strategic relationships and acting as a product evangelist to various sales channels, alliance partners, customers, and prospects.
Bill earned a degree in Business Management from Northern Virginia Community College in Loudoun, Virginia. He’s lived in various places throughout the U.S., including Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, New Orleans, Northern VA, Texas, Michigan, and California. Though he currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI, Bill will always consider Malibu, CA home.
Secretary, Board of Directors
Pat Burkhardt has been immensely helpful in laying the foundation for our non-profit status. She’s versatile and ecclectic and can be summed up as ‘awesome’. She has successfully implemented various complex projects and provided unrestrained hope and joy to others through her social service efforts.
Her primary strengths lie in company and program management and process flow analysis. She intuitively locates and restructures process flows to enhance company profits, improve productivity, and enhance employee satisfaction. Having over 20 years of para-legal experience provides us access to Pat’s strength to effectively review, analyze, and negotiate contracts; research complex legal issues and regulations; compile and file various state and federal licensing applications; and other high level para-legal duties.
Pat has successfully created a start-up non-profit housing program within Jewish Family Service to support families facing foreclosure and advocating and negotiating with various investors to obtain loan modifications or other ethical work-out solutions for those unable to remain in their homes.
Pat attended THRIVE in 2013. She’s a member of several collaborative task forces on homelessness, self-sufficiency and inter-agency services to enhance services and support to low-income individuals.
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