Dr. Douglass Teschner is a proven, results-oriented leader, mentor, trainer, and coach who embraces challenge, integrates vision with a passion for excellence, and inspires a higher level of personal and professional performance. One of his greatest passions is developing leaders and building effective teams and with high levels of transparency and quality communication.
Dr. Teschner has a depth of US and international experience in nonprofits, business, and state and federal governments. His domestic career includes:
- 14 years as development director for Riverbend Community Mental Health (including grant writing, fundraising, strategic planning, and public relations)
- 12 years (six terms) as an elected New Hampshire state legislator (including developing an innovative training program for elected officials)
- 2 years as a NH assistant secretary of state, supporting elections and designing and managing a statewide grant program for city and town clerks.
Internationally, Dr. Teschner served as a forestry Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco in the 1970s and rejoined Peace Corps in 2008 for nine years as a country director and expert consultant, working with more than 1500 Peace Corps Volunteers and 230 staff in Ukraine and five African nations. One staffer wrote:
“Other bosses give orders, you give directions, others give targets, you give vision, others lead by authority and you have always led by respect.”
Dr. Teschner has worked with many international donors including CDC, PEPFAR, WFP, and WHO and initiated an innovative community education project that reached 3 million people in Guinea. The US Ambassador wrote:
“Dr. Teschner has been a wonderful director and made sure that Peace Corps local staff were able to make a key contribution in fighting Ebola. Through their collective efforts, I am convinced hundreds if not thousands of lives were saved.”
He was also chief of party of USAID legislative strengthening projects in Rwanda and Morocco, and speaks fluent French, Moroccan Arabic and some Russian.
Dr. Teschner also has 6 years experience in outdoor education, including leading US programs for youth, as well as mountain guiding in Kenya, Switzerland, and Scotland.
Teschner earned degrees from the University of Massachusetts (B.S. forestry and Ed.D. in administrative leadership) and the University of Vermont (M.S botany).
A lifelong hiker, skier, and mountaineer, Doug has made numerous ascents in North America, Europe, and Africa and played the lead role in saving the life of a severely injured man on Mt. Washington, NH. He has published many of his adventures in the Appalachian Mountain Club journal and serves as contributing editor.
Dr. Teschner has been married to his wife Martha, a nurse, for more than 30 years, and they have two married children: Ben, a doctoral student at the Colorado School of Mines and Luke, a teacher in Vermont, as well as three grandchildren.
As a leadership consultant, trainer, and author of monthly leadership tips, Dr. Teschner is supporting continuous growth of current leaders, developing new leaders, providing opportunities for people to learn skills to better their personal and professional lives and unlock leadership potential, and supporting sustainable cultures of organizational leadership. One of his coaching clients observed:
"This is really helpful to get me on a forward path, to get me back on my passion."