Townsend Leadership Program Directors

Scott Makin is the Director of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling. Scott is a licensed mental health counselor, a nationally certified counselor and has 23 years of clinical experience. Most recently, Scott was the founder and director of the Wabash Friends Counseling Center in Wabash, IN from 1993 to 2014.

In addition to being an adjunct professor throughout the past 32 years at various universities such as, Huntington University, Indiana Wesleyan University, LeTourneau University and Indiana University at Kokomo, Scott has over 15 years of executive leadership coaching and leadership training. Scott is certified by Haygroup International in Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Competency Inventory, a 360 instrument used to evaluate leaders in 15 different emotional intelligence competencies.

Scott received his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Houghton College and his Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University. He has taken doctoral graduate classes at Purdue University and Ball State University.


Dennis Del Valle has a private counseling practice in Long Beach, California and offers executive coaching to clients around the globe. He has a special interest in the difficult dynamics of family business. In his counseling practice he works with individuals, couples, and families addressing a variety of relational, emotional, and spiritual issues.

Dennis has a great passion in the area of group process and group dynamics. His area of specialty is in experiential techniques for individuals and groups.

Dennis has taught (as an Adjunct professor) for Biola University on the integration of Psychology and Christianity. He speaks and facilitates groups around the country, training licensed counselors and lay counselors in group facilitation.

Dennis spent fourteen years serving in the public school system, first as a school counselor, and later as a Special Education teacher, working with students with various disabilities (e.g. autism, learning disabilities, hearing loss, conduct disorder).

Dennis DelValle received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Biola University, majoring in Biblical Studies (1992). He went on to Azusa Pacific University for a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology (1997).


Elaine Morris is an executive coach and organizational consultant who brings more than 27 years of experience to upper level executives and their teams. An expert in leading corporate retreats, Elaine is certified by The Institute of Cultural Affairs as a Professional Facilitator and Strategic Planner. She is also an accredited coach through the International Coach Federation and through New Ventures West.

Elaine currently co-leads the Townsend Leadership Coaching Program with Dr. Townsend and also leads her own group. Elaine was formerly a Vistage CEO group Chair for three years. Elaine is trained to use a variety of tools to help her clients learn, grow and change, including the Myers Briggs individual and team report, the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Styles, Core Values Index, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and The Advantage team model for organizational health, among others.

Elaine earned her B.A. in English Literature and Secondary Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She also completed 36 hours in the Executive MBA Program at Nova Southeastern University in Winter Park, Florida. Elaine is certified the Emotional Intelligence instruments by MHS and Hay Group. She has also been trained and certified to use the Team Emotional Intelligence tool by GEI Partners and Ei World, UK.


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