Meet DTP

DTP-Leadership co-founders Jackalyn Rainosek, Ph.D. and Liz Cloud have many years of experience helping individuals and organizations. The duo and their associates have identified the elements for successful personal and organizational growth and transformation.

Dr. Jackalyn Rainosek

Dr. Jackalyn Rainosek

Jackalyn Rainosek, Ph.D. is the CEO and Co-Founder of DTP-Leadership Group, LLC (DTP).  Dr. Rainosek has been an entrepreneur and consultant for 45 years, working with hundreds of companies and management teams on challenges ranging from severe conflicts between executive team members, employees and customers to dealing with lack of understanding about emotional connection, habitual patterns that impede performance and profitability within the organization. Dr. Rainosek identifies issues with leadership, and then implements innovative leadership programs based on The Leadership Challenge.

Her diversity programs move a company beyond affirmative action, valuing difference and managing diversity to a place where the true potential of each employee can be realized. These programs support the creation of a culturally competent, diverse and a socially just work environment.  Please see this short article on how the four major product lines (Understanding Emotional Connection, Habitual Patterns, The Leadership Challenge, and Creating Socially just work environments) interrelate with each other.

Dr. Rainosek is an energetic and innovative learning facilitator and coach, with specialties in organizational development, training, community development, process consultation, mediation and dispute resolution. She has worked with small, medium, and large corporations in a wide array of industries, as well as educational institutions, community-development boards, legislative action-oriented organizations, and facets of city, county and state government.

She is a Certified Master Facilitator with Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s work, The Leadership Challenge.  She is a Certified Dream Coach with Marcia Weider’s Dream University.  Dr. Rainosek was a long-term affiliate with NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Sciences, serving as a Dean of management and leadership programs.    As an executive coach for junior and senior managers, CEOs and Board members, she helps organizations gain the greatest possible benefit from their talent pools

Throughout her professional career, Dr. Rainosek focused on developing advanced transformational techniques and more effective organizational models. Her emphasis on responsible and emotionally connected relationships enriches individuals, pairs, groups, and organizations. Above all, she is an expert in maximizing human potential for the benefit of a corporation’s bottom-line. She has had a profoundly positive impact on the many organizations with which she has worked – as many delighted clients will attest.


Liz Cloud

Liz Cloud

Liz Cloud is President and Co-Founder of DTP-Leadership Group, LLC. A former CPA, Liz worked in corporate America in finance and administration to maximize the numbers and resources of various business units in an international construction and engineering firm, the hospitality and travel management industry, the financial and insurance industry, and retail electronics industry.

After 28 years in corporate America, Liz changed professions and today specializes in people rather than numbers.  She believes that numbers are good to know, and she appreciates her training and experience. However, it was time to follow another dream – to work with people. She joined forces with Jackalyn Rainosek and formed DTP-Leadership Group, LLC. Her passion is helping others to discover their own talents and gifts as leaders and how to apply these talents in their personal and professional lives. As a Certified Master in The Leadership Challenge© Liz enjoys facilitating others in clarifying their values, vision and purpose.

Liz’s clients value her insight and experience with self-assessment, leadership, social justice and how long-held beliefs can block creativity and change. She is insightful, supportive, committed, and emotionally connected on a soul level. She can be with individuals who have difficulty connecting with their feelings and help them through the connection process. She perceives intuitively what others have great difficulty seeing.

Liz is also passionate about learning. Not only does she learn and look outside her world for learning opportunities, she encourages others to challenge themselves to discover and apply new ideas.

Clients of different ages, genders, professions, and industries (including health care, legal, financial, retail, information technology, journalism, city and county government, and oil and gas among others), have benefited from Liz’s facilitation to improve their organizations as well as their personal lives. They have received promotions in work, become more active and productive team members or leaders in their organizations, and enhanced or developed more meaningful relationships. She has helped many clarify their values and learn to take risks to achieve their visions.

Liz is a graduate of the University of Texas with a BBA in Accounting. She is the co-founder of the Houston Area Council of ABWA and has served as a District II Vice President. Currently she is the Immediate Past President of the Federation of Houston Professional Women. She has served on Municipal Utility District  boards, a homeowner board, Toastmasters, and Texas Business Travel Association. She is a Past Woman of Excellence of the Federation of Houston Professional Women.

Liz is deeply committed to continuing to lead herself as well as other so all can achieve their deepest desires.


Sahira J. Abdool

Sahira J. Abdool, MPA, MHR LSSGB, LSSBB, CSM

Since 2004, I have the great privilege of collaborating with Dr. Jackalyn Rainosek and Liz Cloud of the DTP Leadership Group. Their teaching of authentic leadership and the professional delivery of building expansive leadership and organizational programs, has been significant for application and effectiveness. Our collaboration has been instrumental in helping me to transform multiple organizations, where I have held key leadership roles for building high performance teams in both the public and private sectors. Through the leadership guidance of the DTP Leadership group, we made some historical strides from 2004-2010, while working in a municipal environment. Participating in the Leadership programs and specifically the Leadership Challenge Program, I was able to develop and demonstrate the leadership grit, resilience, and stamina needed to withstand, thrive through and beyond, the many political and systemic challenges, within municipal leadership, and especially as a woman of color.  Some of my key accomplishments while at the City of Houston, was during the transformation of the Houston Municipal Courts. A high commitment of dedication and guidance from Jackalyn and Liz was given to every level of leadership and with key groups of team members; from the bailiffs, clerks, administrative support, IT, Warrant Verifications to external stakeholders, they shared the necessary process and provided hands-on training.  This was no small feat and we faced many challenging periods as the transformation was taking place. Our end goal was attained with the dawning of a new leadership culture; one of empowering team members and holding ourselves as leaders, to a standard of “not asking more of others than we were willing to give of ourselves”.

The transformation process was impactful for turning the service levels around for the court system. Reducing wait times from 20 minutes to less than 6 minutes, the department’s employee morale also soared up 69% from 2005 compared to 2010, and average of 93K warrants were processed annually (with zero false arrests) and the team performed payment transactions and collections for approximately $80M in fines and fees annually.   In 2011, I received one of the highest service awards from the National Center of State Courts and the National Association of Court Management, being presented with the Lady Justice Pendant. Our body of work with Jackalyn and Liz, was recognized internationally by Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Challenge Program for 2010-2011. A video of our journey was produced (https://vimeo.com/120966644   and there are many universities and colleges using this video in Leadership Curriculums today.  One of the most treasured values from this experience, is understanding that Leadership is about relationships. Knowing the value of establishing strong collaborative relationships within a community of leaders, business owners (small and large), neighbor associations, school districts, non-profits, NGOs, faith leaders, and many other community stakeholders, is an absolute must. My appreciation and gratitude for the leadership training received from Dr. Jackalyn Rainosek and Liz Cloud has translated into action. We are continuing our collaboration and sharing our message with today’s new era of leaders. Our mantra is an unwavering commitment to value all participants, perspectives, and we demonstrate inclusivity- it’s not just a word but our daily action and who we are. Our collaboration is to develop a new generation of authentic-diverse leaders and a successful transformational journey.


Jowell Lydon

Jowell Lydon

Jowell Lydon is a facilitator and coach who brings 29 years of personal development and awareness regarding his own habitual patterns and blocks to help others recognize and work through their own challenges and realize the lives they want for themselves. He has worked with individuals and organizations in a variety of industries and brings his belief in people and their innate ability to transform themselves to all that he does. Jowell believes in social justice and is committed as a white male to recognizing and addressing white male privilege and to helping other white males get past their entrenched resistance to address their privilege as well. 

Along with his work for DTP-Leadership, Jowell has worked as a team lead, project manager, and scrum master in the information technology sector. A life-long lover of the outdoors and wilderness, he is currently working to complete a masters degree in corporate sustainability and believes there is a strong connection between living sustainably and supporting social justice. Jowell sees all life on planet earth as interconnected and believes that the changes we make in ourselves are the most powerful way to make changes in the world.


Captain Allan Post

Capt. Allan Post

Captain Allan Post has been with Texas A&M University at Galveston for since 2009 as Executive Director of Marine Education Support and Safety Operations.

Capt. Post is a 1997 graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College with Bachelor of Science degrees in Meteorology and Oceanography with concentrations in marine forecasting and weather routing for ships at sea. He holds numerous maritime licenses including a Master 1600 ton inland and Great Lakes motor or steam vessels license, a Master (Non-Navigating) Passenger Carrying Barges license, GMDSS operator/maintainer license and a Third Mate motor or steam vessels unlimited tonnage upon any ocean or sea licenses. He is a recent graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program class 2013 with the Lyndon Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Capt. Post’s certifications include Advanced Fire Fighting, Bulk Cargo Storage, Hazmat Handling and Storage, Inert Gas and Crude Oil Wash, First Aid and CPR with AED. He is an instructor for Texas Parks and Wildlife Safe Boating. Capt. Post is also a National Weather Service Skywarn weather spotter and FEMA Incident Command System Certified.

Capt. Post joins TAMUG from Star Fleet Entertainment Yachts in Kemah, Texas where he served as the Director of Operations and Development/ Port Captain. At Star Fleet he was in charge of a fast paced daily operations of charter boat and dinner cruise company which generated upward of $3 million a year in revenue. One of his proudest accomplishments at Star Fleet was leading the mitigation of the Star Fleet facilities prior to Hurricane Ike. Capt. Post contracted naval architects to design and install a hurricane mitigation system for the marina and company – a system that worked as designed with no operational loss during Hurricane Ike.

At TAMUG, Capt. Post is responsible for the daily management of waterfront operations including all research, training/teaching, recreational, outreach vessels and non-TAMUG vessels moored in the TAMUG Small Boat Basin and the Texas Clipper dock facility; vessel scheduling; booking and invoicing of boat trips. His latest role is that of Campus Emergency Response Coordinator and Director of Environmental Health & Safety. In that role he is responsible for the planning and practicing of campus wide emergency response as well as acting as the Incident Commander for campus emergencies.

Capt. Post is a 2016 graduate of TAMUG in the Master’s program for Maritime Administration and Logistics. Capt. Post is a direct report to the TAMUG Chief Operations Officer.


Arlen B. Smith

Arlen B. Smith

In my career, I spent 25 years in Law Enforcement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, one of the largest Law Enforcement Agencies in the United States. I worked in the Jails, the Courts and briefly in the field. “I’ve seen it all and experienced it all.”

I have over 20 years of senior-level management experience within the Private Security Sector. I conducted Physical Security Surveys, Knowledge of Fire/Life safety, several years as a Director of Safety and Security for various companies, experience in the area of loss prevention management, School Security, Security Instructor, Special Event Planning (public and private), risk management, experience in both civil and criminal investigation, and fraud and accidents claims. In addition, I have knowledge of CCTV, access control, intrusion devices, command center layout and similar technologies, and 18 years Estate / Executive Protection of key personnel and celebrities / important guests, and the overall management of others. Lastly, I have provided Training and Counseling regarding Sexual Harassment.

Working within the Justice System as a Law Enforcement Officer, I got to see first-hand how our Justice system works against Blacks, people of color and the poor. We live in a society that is based on the color of your skin and your zip code. I’m co-authoring a book with Dr. Jackalyn Rainosek to discuss and analyze the social injustices affecting Blacks, people of color, and the poor. Being Black myself, I know first-hand what it means to feel the biased and harsh treatment given out because of the color of my skin.

Dr. Rainosek and I have both worked in Sheriff’s, Police, and court systems. We have the experience and expertise to help Sheriff’s, Police, and court systems develop programs to recognize and alleviate implicit bias, and foster cultural competency and social responsibility. We can initiate or enhance diversity initiatives. We have the background, experience, information and commitment to help you achieve a socially just work environment.


Linda Snook

Linda Snook

Linda Snook is a natural entrepreneur, even though she has been an employee at various points in her professional career. In 2009, Linda opened her own company: Snook Consulting Training L.L.C.  She is a certified “Daring Way” and “Rising Strong” facilitator through Brene Brown. Linda is also a certified life and transformational coach and consultant through Mary Morrissey’s Brave Thinking Institute.

Linda has provided specialized coaching and leadership to a multiplicity of organizations. Linda also owned an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for individuals and their family members. Linda’s IOP won an award for being the most diverse IOP in the State of Texas.

Linda has been a consultant for employers, brokers, and facilities that needed a greater understanding of Managed Care. She has been a Senior Account Executive, District Manager, and Area Manager for Magellan Behavioral Health Services. Linda has been a top Sales Manager and employee in her earlier years as a professional.

Linda is an excellent communicator and has a powerful way of building relationships. She has a desire to see people get a second chance in life. She has volunteered and been on a board of a non-profit women’s center in our community.


George Sroka

George Sroka

George Sroka is on his third career at least. Initially, he worked in the newspaper business, rising to the position of editor and winning Texas state awards for excellence. In 1987, he co-founded Laser Ink, one of the first toner cartridge remanufacturing companies in Houston. He grew that into a million-dollar business, which he sold in 2018. His third career with DTP-Leadership includes training in the Habitual Patterns Assessment and coaching with Dr. Rainosek.

George is also continuing what might be called his fourth career. Twelve years ago, he completed his initial yoga teacher training. He has since completed 500-plus hours of training as a yoga teacher. He has taught at The Yoga Institute, Sama Yoga, Republic Aerial Yoga, and 24 Hour Fitness.

Recently, he started a tech support business called HolisTech, where he solves technology problems, great or small.

George has been active in civic affairs. He served as president of the Montrose Business Guild and the Hyde Park Civic Association for several years. At the end of his term with the civic association, he received the Volunteer of the Year Award which was commemorated with the proclamation of “George Sroka Day” by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. The proclamation includes this phrase: “He has been the truest definition of a good neighbor.”

He is blessed with good friends and good health, and looks forward to learning more in his latest career.