Doni Landefeld, Ph.D.


Bethlehem, Pa.

Dr. Landefeld grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. With a background in executive college administration, she began her career in Student Services and worked her way up to Academic/Executive Dean. She became passionate about leadership development after leading large academic teams and serving in numerous leadership roles that began in her high school days and continue through present time. Since moving to Florida in 2004, she completed a Organizational Psychology from Walden University and created Metamorphosis Coaching to help business professionals transform their performance, well-being and leadership skills. Dr. Landefeld now balances her professional time as a trainer, speaker, coach-consultant and creator of “Lead Yourself First.” Doni also holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Temple University and a B.S. in Music Education and double-bass performer’s certificate from the Pennsylvania State University, main campus. She completed training from the College of Executive Coaching and works with her own personal coach. Doni performs as a semi-professional musician throughout Southwest Florida. She began studying the double bass at age nine and since 2008, has performed with the Gulf Coast Symphony in more than a dozen performances per season. She has served on the Symphony’s Board of Directors since 2010, and as Board President since 2011. Doni is a member of the Education Committee of the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce and a founding member and rotating Chair for Taste of the Cape, an event that draws 10,000 annually and benefits scholarships and musical outreach in Southwest Florida. She’s married to Nathan, her pediatrician husband of more than 20 years and is proud mom to her teenage son Teddy, an accomplished pianist and member of the Caloosa Coast rowing team. In other time, Doni enjoys any activity that involves the beach, being on or in the water, saltwater fishing, and eating and preparing great food for family and friends.

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