Adam Danner speaks with a dedicated candor about topics many would prefer to avoid. As the president and co-founder of the 4 Directions Healing Foundation, a Native American charitable and educational not-for-profit organization, he seeks to educate the public through events and cultural programs, working to dispel stereotypes and raise awareness about native traditions. Danner is the published author of three books and a traveling speaker whose words have inspired people from diverse cultural backgrounds to make sense of our differences.

1} What three words best describe you? On a mission.

2} When and where were you the happiest? On the beautiful Leelanau peninsula of Michigan, among my friends and adopted family of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa.

3} What’s the biggest hurdle you’ve overcome? Speaking in front of an audience. When I was younger, I was petrified to speak in front of people. Over time, I’ve learned to be confident in what I do, and now I speak in front of audiences, large and small, on a regular basis.

4} What is your favorite time of day? Morning. The whole day is ahead of you. Morning is fresh and optimistic.

5} What’s your favorite aspect of central illinois? The river bluffs. I feel spoiled to have grown up in Chillicothe in the river valley surrounded by the beautiful tree-filled hills. When I drive through other parts of Illinois, the landscape is more mundane, but I never feel that way when I’m near the bluffs of the Illinois River.

6} What is something that always brings a smile to your face? My son. There is nothing in this world more important. Everything I do is ultimately for him.

7} What’s your favorite album? Holland by the Beach Boys (1973).

8} What’s your favorite sport to play or watch? Basketball.

9} What do you do when you want to relax? Pray.

10} What animal are you the most like? A dog. Dogs are loyal and protective, and they love their family. a&s