The JDW staff are full-time educators who instruct young people, from primary to secondary school levels, in addition to college students and business professionals. Every year over 9,000 students of all ages are instructed on a national basis.
Our Teaching Goals
- Make the classes engaging and educational,
- Convince participants on the essential role social skills have in their relationships and future, and
- Continually improve the education and teaching methods.
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Our Administrative Staff
JDW Social Education Programs® instructs over 9,000 students annually in cities across the United States, representing over 265 instruction days and over 525 classes. Managing schedules, facilities, travel, promotions, printing, marketing, registration, data processing, committee coordination, communication and customer service is a huge undertaking.
The administration of all JDW Social Education Programs® is handled by the following administrative staff members:
DEBBIE HARRINGTON, Chief Operations Officer
Debbie joined JDW Social Education Programs in June 2009 as Executive Administrator. In 2012 she became our Chief Operations Officer. Debbie's primary responsibilities include corporate and administrative projects as well as scheduling, finances and contract management. Debbie's career has included management and executive positions in customer relations, quality assurance, training and development, operations and consulting. Debbie is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and has four grown children and four grandchildren. She volunteers her time with Denver Public Schools, Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Colorado Refugee Services and her church. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for a non-profit retreat and conference center near Colorado Springs.
LISA KRAUSE, Customer Relations Director
Lisa Krause joined the Jon D. Williams Cotillions team in August 2015 as our Customer Relations Director. In this role she is the primary liaison between the Company, chairwomen, committee members as well as our many valuable customers. She also manages the company's website and registration processes to insure all information is accurate and current.
Previously she worked for 10 years in Denver Public Schools at an elementary school where she helped out in a 2nd grade classroom. Among her gifts is a lot of experience working with parents and advocating for children. We are sure this experience will be appreciated by our Cotillion families and Chairwomen.
Lisa is the proud mother of daughter Kailey, who is a student at Chapman University in California, and son Cooper, who is a senior in high school. Cooper attended our Cotillion program at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. She has recently celebrated her 25th anniversary with her husband, Gary.
In addition, Lisa loves to cook and bake and has worked part-time at a gourmet kitchen store. In that capacity, Lisa has honed her service skills of listening, problem-solving and satisfying the customer. She also loves to bring goodies to the office to share!
Lisa's community involvement includes volunteering with a local food bank and the Bonfils Blood Center.
ROBYN DIFALCO, Administrative Assistant
Robyn joined JDW Social Education Programs in September 2017 as Administrative Assistant. Robyn’s primary responsibilities include interacting with our media suppliers to coordinate the printing and handling of various invitations and announcements. She is also responsible for donation requests and various other administrative functions and works closely with all aspects of managing our office.
She is a graduate of California State University, Chico with a degree in Social Sciences: Geography and African Studies. Her professional background includes working in the nonprofit and public sector on sustainability and environmental education in Chico, California. She has extensive experience in project management, fundraising, event planning, donor relations, and grant management. She also spent part of her career teaching English as a second language and directing a language institute at Chabot College in Hayward, California.
Robyn enjoys gardening, literature and the great outdoors. She devotes much of her spare time to serving on various boards and committees for various nonprofits and local government, from her children’s school to a regional water advisory coalition. She and her husband have two daughters and enjoy traveling locally and internationally; she has also lived in Costa Rica, Brazil and Zimbabwe.
Annabel Day Kyler, Contract Cotillion Senior Instructor
Annabel began her career with JDW Social Education Programs in 2005 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in theatre arts and earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential through the Seaver College Program. Pre-college, Annabel participated in our Boulder Cotillion as both a student and later a student instructor.
Annabel has competed in ballroom dance and recently participated in the United States Dance Championships in Orlando, Florida. There she was ranked 3rd in the US in International Ballroom and 4th in American Smooth in her division.
In 2015 Annabel embarked on a new challenge working full-time for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, but is continuing on as an instructor for JDW Social Education Programs as an independent contractor.
When not working Annabel enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter.
JON D. Williams III., President and CEO
Jon has developed and directed programs for the Company for over 30 years. As a graduate from the University of Denver, with a major in psychology, Jon applied his education to teaching and marketing early on. During college and upon graduation, he was a noted tennis professional in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Palm Beach, Florida before becoming Vice-President of LJA, a Denver-based marketing, design and advertising firm where he developed comprehensive market strategies and business plans for corporate entities.
When Jon joined the family business in 1975, JDWC was comprised of six cotillion programs with an emphasis on dance instruction. Since his involvement and management, the Company has developed into a multi-faceted, national business with an emphasis on social skills education. The Company has four divisions: JDW Cotillions – Dance & Social Etiquette for children, SEE Survival Etiquette Essentials – Social Skills & Character Training for all ages, ESP Executive Social Presentation – adult training programs on Social & Business Relationships for individuals, groups, colleges and businesses, and NCSE - National Center for Social Education – a social skills training program for certification and licensing.
Jon's instruction has been featured by ABC World News and national publications. He still instructs cotillion classes, in addition to making presentations on social education for schools and businesses. With his wife Moira, he is working on a book titled SENSE & CIVILITY – A Practical Guide to Survival Etiquette Essentials.
Katherine Mason Young, Vice President & Director of ESP Division
Katherine has been a director with JDW Social Education Programs since 1994 and now holds the title of Vice President. Her education in international business from the University of Colorado, and her work as assistant to the Chief of Protocol for Governor Romer during the World Economic Summit of the Eight, have added an international perspective to the organization. Her experiences include travel to six continents and over 25 countries. Katherine also holds a marketing degree and heads up our public relations department and has made regular appearances on news broadcasts and KNUS - Success Radio, a local talk radio program.
As executive director of ESP Executive Social Presentation, Katherine has been speaking and instructing etiquette courses on a national basis since 1997. Recently, her projects include corporate seminars for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Pikes Peak United Way, AAMSE (American Association of Medical Society Executives), BIG (Blacks in Government), Focus Ministries, Marriott Hotels, Wichita State University, and University of Colorado. She was privileged to be the keynote speaker for the Kappa Delta Leadership Conference, National Charity League, Junior Achievement and Leader's Challenge.
LuLu Demitro, Cotillion Director
LuLu Demitro joined JDWC as an instructor in 2013. Starting in the program as a child, Cotillion has always been an important part of her life and family. Lulu is thankful for the incredible experiences she has had teaching for JDWC, working with so many students and knowing that what we teach is so valuable to their future. LuLu is excited to continue the rewards she finds in teaching Cotillion programs across the United States.
LuLu's teaching skills do not stop at JDWC. She actively teaches children's musical theater through Boulder Performing Arts (BPA), where she has worked with children from a multitude of backgrounds to help them find confidence on stage. LuLu and her mother, the founder of BPA, strive to help make a positive impact in the community by working with local charities and foundations. Most recently, Boulder Performing Arts has partnered with EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association) for the Share the Stage Campaign.
LuLu is classically trained on piano and continues to enjoy playing music whether it be at home or on stage.
Rachel Kastelein, Cotillion Director
Rachel Kastelein joined the JDWC team in summer of 2013 following graduation from Colorado State University, where she double majored in communication studies and political science. Through her communication major she developed a passion for public speaking. She has capitalized on her talent by becoming a voice in the community for congressional campaigns, working with various charities, and now instructing our JDW Cotillion programs.
Rachel is a member of Chi Omega. Through her sorority, she became actively involved in the Make-a-Wish Foundation, helping to raise money for terminally ill children in the Fort Collins Community. Her passion for volunteer charity work is currently directed toward working with the RamStrength Foundation, which helps families in Northern Colorado that are dealing with cancer.
Shelley Jones, Vice President - JDW Cotillions Division
Shelley's career with JDW Social Education Programs began in 1991. In addition to leading our Cotillion Division, including marketing and sales, Shelley manages and instructs cotillion and Executive Social Presentation programs nationwide. She is also the lead for corporate research and development.
Shelley is one of the original program developers and presenters for ESP - Executive Social Presentation, helping to create and instruct the required dining and social etiquette training for cadets at the United States Air Force Academy. She has directed training programs for Cain Travel, Friends First, Jackson National Life Insurance, Marriott Hotels, Atmos Energy, SUNY College, Pikes Peak United Way, Sewell Automotive, University of Denver, University of Wyoming, Dawson College Bound and Three Tomatoes Catering among others.
Shelley was born and raised in upstate New York. She attended Marietta College and graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Mother of three, her volunteer work has included Junior League of Denver, Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Open Door and Fort Bend County Women's Center.
Stephanie Kirkwood, Executive Director - National Center for Social Education
Stephanie Kirkwood holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Chestnut Hill College and a Master of Arts in Sociology from California State University. She discovered a passion for teaching and training and development more than twenty years ago while designing curriculum and instructing at tertiary and professional development institutions—including Antelope Valley College, Northwestern Business College, St. John's College, University College of Belize, and Belize Institute of Management.
Stephanie began teaching and designing curriculum for management, marketing, and business communications in business education programs and turned her attention to sociology and racial & ethnic relations in the humanities. Wanting to extend her reach beyond the college classroom, Stephanie also worked in the professional skills industry designing and instructing workshops on customer service training and workplace etiquette. Her previous corporate experience including working in accounting for a major insurance company and human resources for a retail giant lent real-world experience to each of her instructional roles.
Currently, Stephanie develops curriculum for Executive Social Presentation (ESP) and the National Center for Social Education (NCSE). Additionally, she works closely with the president, Jon Williams, on writing business, marketing, and sales strategies.
Aside from her thriving professional life, Stephanie is married with two adult children. Though originally from Philadelphia, she has called many cities home over the years including Chicago, Los Angeles, Belize City, and now Denver. In her spare time she enjoys reading social science literature, interior decorating, traveling, and enjoying her empty nest with her husband of twenty-four years.
Wendy Leland, Cotillion Director
Wendy joined JDW Cotillions in 2015 after serving as Chairwoman of the Radnor Hunt Cotillion near Philadelphia for seven years. All four of her children are "graduates" of the Radnor program.
Wendy is a retired Colonel, having served 32 years in the Army. In her last assignment, she commanded a Regimental Regional Training Institute at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Prior to that, she was assigned as the Deputy Commander and Division Chief of the Mobilization Augmentation Command at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Coming from an Army family, her husband is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, her brother is a General, and her second daughter (a former Cotillion Student Assistant!) will be commissioned a 2LT in 2017. This sense of service is what drew Wendy to the JDW Cotillion curriculum of social skills.
A leader in her community, Wendy is deeply involved in many civic and church activities. She is the Chairman of her local Planning Commission, serves on the Historical and Architectural Review Board, and is the Judge of Elections for her township. She has been the Girl Scout leader for all three of her daughters and is a Life Member of the Girl Scouts. She is a Trustee for her church and a member of its preschool board of directors. Committed to making the world a better place and sharing her passion for caring, Wendy has gone on many mission trips within the US and believes that charity, compassion, and selfless service begin at home.
Wendy and her husband have four children, two of whom have been JDWC Student Assistants. She is a marathon runner and enjoys hiking with her rescue dogs, JT and Max.