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David has over 22 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience. Before joining the SACIS and CAISA team, he served the American Red Cross for over 14 years in multiple senior leadership positions across the country, including El Paso, Texas, Dallas, Texas, Tallahassee, FL, Washington, D.C, and Corpus Christi, TX. David began his Red Cross career as the State Director of Government and External Relations in Illinois, representing the Red Cross to state and federal government leaders and coordinating statewide disaster response and planning with emergency management.
In addition to his experience with the Red Cross, he also served as the Executive Director for The ALS Association Texas Chapter, a senior level position with the Council for a Strong America in Washington, D.C. and has more recently served as the Executive Director for the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence in El Paso, Texas and for Missouri KidsFirst in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Before joining the nonprofit world, David worked for six years in state and local government in Illinois, including positions with the City of Carbondale, Office of the Lt. Governor, and the Illinois General Assembly. In 2000, David was elected to the Divernon Village Board in his first-ever campaign for public office. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at Blackburn College where he taught State and Local Government. Chayer also served as a volunteer firefighter, and, for five years, served as the Head Cross Country Coach at Auburn Junior and Senior High School in Illinois.
Originally from St. Anne, Illinois, David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.