Distinguished Alumnus -- Don Wisler (BA '72)
Don Wisler was a graduate from Saint Francis College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
He was awarded a Master of Social Work degree in 1974 from St. Louis University before beginning his professional social work career at Catholic Social Services (CSS) in Fort Wayne, providing individual and marriage counseling, adoption supervision and general case management services. Don spent three years working for Park Center in the outpatient counseling department. In 1980, he returned to Saint Francis, accepting a teaching position in the Social Work program. He spent five years on the faculty before returning to CSS in 1985, assuming administrative responsibilities, managing the counseling program and later serving as assistant director.
In June 1988, Don became executive director for CSS in Monroe, Michigan, where he led a staff of 20. In late 1991, he was named executive director for Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Toledo, where he worked for nearly 12 years. Under Don’s leadership, the agency assumed responsibility of a homeless shelter and built a transitional housing facility.
In May 2003, Don was appointed president and chief executive officer of CSS in Columbus, Ohio, where he initiated services to survivors of domestic violence and provided parish-based services. Don retired in May after a 39-year career in social work.
A native of Bryan, Ohio, Don has been married to Tamara (Weisenberger), a 1972 SFC alumna, for 41 years. They have four adult children and two grandchildren. Don is an avid cyclist, having ridden across Ohio three times and across the United States this past summer–a total of 3,667 miles.