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Dion Nathanial Johnson, Ph.D., MPA, CMC, HPT

Executive Director & Founder

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In my attempt as a parent to find opportunities for my children and others in Science, it was a bit difficult. I saw firsthand how a deficit in science and math could almost affect the future of children (Pre-K- 12th Grade).  As a result, I decided to build a fully functional science lab in our home basement and introduced ancillary project driven exercises to grow capacity within my children. After such great growth, I decided to make this construct available to all families and youth, as well as introduce the "Why" behind what they learn in school. 

Short Biography

Dr. Dion Nathanial Johnson is a native Detroiter and former resident of the “North-End”.  He is a devoted husband of Counseling Psychologist and beuatiful wife and mother Dr. Joy Elizabeth Inniss-Johnson, as well as father of two marvelous children (Boy named Malcolm and Girl named Madison).


Dr. Johnson has a Ph.D. in Human Performance Technology and Organizational Development from Wayne State University, with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  Dr. Johnson also earned an Education Specialist in Instructional Technology and Organizational Behavior. While matriculating at Wayne, Dr. Johnson was awarded four Graduate Professional Scholarship Awards and the prestigious Dissertation Research Fellowship.  Dr. Johnson’s dissertation examined St. John/Providence Health System and was titled “Case Study: Evaluating Performance Outcomes of a Technology Change Management Initiative in a Health Care Organization”. 

Dr. Johnson also holds both an MPA degree in Public Administration and Organization Development and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Law, Policy and Government from Eastern Michigan University; where he also was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship Fellowship and received his United States Army/Army Reserve Commission from ROTC.  Dr. Johnson successfully completed the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program at Michigan State University and had 12 years of honorable service with the United States Army/Army Reserve Military Police Corp as an Officer. He also received both a Certified Management Consulting (CMC) designation from the Institute of Management Consulting and the Certified Performance Technology (CPT) designation with the International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI), as well as completing experienced levels of the Certified Knowledge Management designation from the knowledge Center, operational tool development for Lean/Six Sigma and PMP Certification training.

Dr. Johnson has worked in the field of Management Consulting for 23 plus years and for a well-known fortune 500 Information Systems Corporation - Electronic Data Systems (EDS), as well a highly noted best-in-class “Big 6” Management Consulting firm (Accenture formerly Andersen Consulting).  Moreover, Dr. Johnson has also served in various Team Lead Management Consulting positions, where his responsibilities covered program evaluation, program management and operational planning, sourcing, governance, business infrastructure, community engagement, quality, human performance improvement and professional development in other regional boutique consulting firms throughout the Great Lakes Region. 


Furthermore, Dr. Johnson has served the City of Detroit honorably (as an Executive Appointee), while performing a strategic and operational development function through the Chief Administrative Office.  His tenure With the City of Detroit, created a special projects unit called the "Strategic Management Center" and he served in a dual capacity as Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Management, as well as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer.  He worked on special projects that transitioned from the temporary casinos to permanency to those associated with the "One Stop" Construction Permitting system.

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