Past President

Dr. Gilbert received a B.A. in Theology (1977), an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling (1991), and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Religious Studies (1994). Don is an ordained minister and pastored for 17 years. He has worked in private practice since 1991 and has worked as a therapist (LMHC) with individuals, couples, and groups, and an adjunct professor at Mercy College of Health Sciences (2004-present). He owns and manages New Life Counseling (2002). Dr. Gilbert is certified as a speaker, trainer, consultant, and coach with The John Maxwell Team (2012). Don is a published author. He has served on the IMHCA board as treasurer, president-elect, and currently as president. Don also serves on the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science. He is married (1976) to his wife Debbie and has lived in Polk County since 1986. Don and his wife have four children who graduated from Ankeny H.S. They have 10 grandchildren. Don is a long-time and avid Husker fan and enjoys golfing, bicycle riding, reading, working, yard work, and spending time with his wife and family.