In 1969, Dana began his military career in the Navy as an E5 during the Vietnam War conflict where he held a NATO Top Secret Clearance working in ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) and earned a Navy Achievement recommendation while supporting the MK-48 Torpedo System initiative. Through his electronics experience in the Navy, Dana continued into an electronic test engineering career where he became the founder of ATES which manufactured printed circuit board test programming services and served as President for over 10 years. But throughout his military and business career, his heart has always been a servant’s heart.
Over the last dozen years, he has held positions such as a Parrish Council Member at Emmaus Catholic Church, a Pro-Life Committee Member with the Diocese of Austin, and the South Austin Deanery Lead at Central Texas Fellowship of Catholic Men. Since 2017, Dana has been a volunteer at PACT and now is serving on the Board as Director of Church Ministries.
This is where Dana was called as he has lead numerous events such as the Lakeway Church in Texas where he helped gather 450 people from 8 local churches. He calls that event affectionately 7 Pastors & a Priest capturing everyone’s attention on how they discussed the biggest contributor to child trafficking: pornography. Dana is not shy to tell everyone he meets that we need to stop child trafficking and best way is through education.
Dana and Caren moved to Arkansas in early 2023 and are building their next venture with a new home, another barndominium, and a few trips across the country in their RV making calls to churches across the US.