About Dwayne Custer
My mission is to transform people through storytelling.
My philosophy is that storytelling can dramatically transform an individual because of certain intrinsic properties. These properties include the ability to alter time, promote vulnerability, foster empathy, embody creativity and innovation, eliminate boundaries, honor subjectivity, and provide therapeutic benefits on emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and psychological levels. Storytelling demands radical honesty with oneself and the willingness to stand naked to the world. Metaphorically, of course!
Philosophia is the Latin word for “love of wisdom,” and that is the root of my life philosophy. Wisdom came to me when I sat by a wild goose nest and earned the trust of the mother to eventually be able to touch the soft down of her feathers. It felt like I had immersed my hand in a thousand tiny icicles. Wisdom has opened my heart to understanding, compassion, and empathy of myself and others. To write about wisdom is difficult, for words are not able to fully communicate its value in my life. Words merely serve as a mirror to the soul. They are metaphorical.
Education is the cornerstone of wisdom. Through it, worlds are revealed, the sick are healed, and humans live in harmony with nature. Without it, there exists only ignorance born of conditioning, hypocrisy, and superstition. Education is the rain falling down on the unworthy and the worthy alike. It gives freely without any need for return.
Wisdom is expressed through creation. The Earth is a cauldron of creation that bubbles and foams with fervent need to birth and rebirth life. Opening the door of wisdom for others is the act of creation. Wisdom is authenticity expressed through creativity.
The foundation of my life, my work, my education is wisdom, creativity, authenticity, and love. Wisdom is knowing myself and sharing that insight with others. It is the transpersonal act of surrendering to the unknown. It is the willingness to be vulnerable and naked before the Universe. The love of wisdom is the love of Self and Others. It dissolves barriers and exposes unity. Wisdom is manifest through the simple act of touching the feathers of a goose.
When we are being compassionate, we consider another's circumstance with love rather than judgement... To be compassionate is to move into the right here, right now with an open heart consciousness and a willingness to be supportive.
Growing one step at a time
A portfolio that highlights published papers, creative expression, digital photography, and occupational works. Creativity is the courage to connect and cooperate with others by dropping preconceptions, biases, and prejudices. Embrace new ideas, welcome alternative world-views, and be open to diverse understanding.
Dwayne is a committed professional who consistently strives to find the right solution to meet the organization's objectives while working with his customers. I am impressed with his continuous enthusiasm, communication skills and professional demeanor when I have asked him to provide creative consultation services to the different organizations I have been employed. Dwayne is reliable, dedicated and eternally upbeat. He employs a team player mind-set and is hardworking, top-performing go-getter.
Dwayne is amazing! He helped to shepherd the migration of our online learning program that included over 40 graduate courses to a new learning management system. His technical skills are highly developed and he understands the intricacies of instructional design. He is a hard worker and person who has a lot of integrity and presence.
Dwayne is a truly passionate and creative person -- and he brings this to every project he works on. When he works on something with or for you, make sure you are ready, because he'll give 110%.
As an adjunct faculty member at Sofia University I benefited greatly from Dwayne's work when he served as MTP Chair Assistant and Instructional Designer. Sofia switched from one online instructional system to another and Dwayne migrated the instructional content and redesigned much of it. He was very responsive and helpful in aiding my process of understanding and functioning within the new system. He is very knowledgeable and a skillful communicator in addition to being one of the most genuine people I have met.
During my time working with Dwayne he consistently demonstrated his integrity and intelligence. His ability to communicate was exceptional, and opened the way for others to collaborate and share ideas in a creative and safe environment. His reliability, timeliness and attention to detail were also exceptional. I recommend Dwayne with confidence based on my work with him.
Dwayne was a student in my class at Sofia University, where he was responsible for completing a portfolio exemplary of his work toward his master's. Dwayne took initiative beyond that of most students, and quickly created a technically and aesthetically pleasing, cohesive portfolio, as well as had papers accepted for publication in professional journals, which is rare at this stage. He listens carefully to feedback, and produces outstanding work that showcases a unique point of view while delivering to the guidelines.
Dwayne did excellent work. He is detailed oriented, with a clear eye as to what needs to be accomplished for both students and faculty. He was very available to requests and/or needs of the faculty and responded quickly and clearly. He was a gift to the program as we moved to a new learning format.
Leading by Example
Learning should be fun and challenging. I use the ADDIE methodology of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation to bring your material to life.
From supervisors to executive directors, I provide transformational leadership development services for every level of your nonprofit organization.
Brand awareness is vital for your organization to survive and thrive. I offer marketing and branding services to take your nonprofit business to the next level.
From design and implementation to data gathering and publishing results, I can assist you through every step of your qualitative research study.
Making an impression on your customers is my top priority when it comes to website design and implementation. I go the extra step by insuring the site is SEO-compliant and competitive.
I work with clients to tell their unique stories by offering creative writing and editing services for individuals and businesses. No story should be left untold.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.