About Doug

Doug is a professional motivational speaker, author, and co-developer of the web based “You Uplift” Kindness Software whose Silent Strength Kindness services have been shared with thousands of students and teachers nationwide since 2012.

A former Rhodes Scholar nominee, Doug earned All-American honors in football and Academic All-American honors in baseball during his senior year at Emory & Henry College (VA) where he graduated with a double major in History/Social Sciences and Education in 1990, as Doug has a combined 25 years of teaching and coaching experience at the Elementary, Middle, High School, and Collegiate levels.

Doug’s passion to spread Kindness stems from the relationship that he had with his younger brother Chris. In 41 years, Chris Reavis, profoundly brain damaged since birth, never uttered a single negative word about anyone, never hurt a single soul with any of his actions, and never asked for a single thing for himself, while all the time showing love to anyone who would simply sit and talk with him – no matter who they were (and without judging them) – just unconditional love.

Doug created the Silent Strength Pledge (in honor of the life that Chris lived), as this pledge is the backbone behind Doug’s School Kindness Assemblies for Students, Education Keynote Presentations for Teachers, and his “You Uplift” Kindness Software for school systems.

Doug has been married to his college sweetheart, Denita for 29 years. Their son, David is a BIT graduate of Virginia Tech and their daughter Ginny is a Fine Arts graduate of Radford University. Doug and Denita reside in the little town of Fancy Gap, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Silent-Strength Pledge
“Today my positive actions will speak louder than all of my words.””