Staff Bios

  • Mike Jones, President & Master Trainer :

    Mike Jones has helped millions of people over the past 30 years to create a better version of themselves. This accomplished author, keynote speaker, Master Trainer, and Human Behavior Expert has worked extensively with small to medium size business owners and their teams.

    Mike has partnered with these business owners to not only create better versions of themselves, but also create better versions of their teams and therefore increase their profits and decrease their turnover. Mr. Jones has also worked on large worldwide projects with Coca-Cola and Exxon/Mobil as well as local projects with Zions Bank and Caliber Collision.

    Mike served his country for 6 years in the US Coast Guard and was a Police Officer for 14 years in the Houston Police Department as a pilot in the Helicopter Division. He is the proud husband of Susan Jones and the father of 4 beautiful sons. In is free time he loves reading, fishing writing, running marathons, cycling, and cooking. Mr. Jones is an alumni of Northwestern University and their Executive Leadership Program.


  • Robbie L. Pape, Assistant Trainer :

    Robbie is a part-time Assistant Trainer with Discover Leadership Training. She works full-time for Service Corporation International as Sr. Managing Director of Service & Support. Robbie has been with SCI 21+ years. She has served on the Board of Directors of the funeral service trade association, the International Cremation, Cemetery and Funeral Association (“ICCFA”), and currently serves on their Finance Committee. Robbie is also active in the local community and is a past president of the Baylor University Women’s Association of Houston, on the Board of Directors for Volunteer Houston and has recently committed time to a working committee for the Houston Area Women’s Center.

    Robbie spent her childhood moving every two years as the daughter of an Air Force Colonel. She is a certified public accountant with a degree in Marketing and Information Systems from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

    Robbie is single and has a nine year old daughter, Samantha (Sam). Robbie is proud to have raised Sam with all of the powerful learning’s she’s taken from her time with Discover Leadership Training. Samantha’s self-proclaimed motto is ‘Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway!’ She and Sam spend most weekends swimming, making mermaid videos, exploring parks, seeing movies and, of course, being goofy, which seems to be both of their specialties!

  • Grechel Kelley, Assistant Manager :

    Grechel J. Kelley was born in Austin, TX and is a lover of people and inspired by those who live their life courageously and on purpose.  She was born into an Air Force family and had the unique opportunity to begin school in San Vito, Italy and then complete elementary school in Anchorage, AK.  Once her family returned to Austin, Grechel began her own personal self-development plan that ultimately landed her in Houston, TX with 3 beautiful daughters and working passionately for Soul Patrol, a youth leadership development organization founded by Mike Jones.  This led to opportunities of providing her administrative and organizational services to some diverse small and mid-sized companies.  It was during this period Grechel took a leap for her professional development and joined the Discover Leadership Team.  This is where she began to deliberately share the overflow of her positivity and solutions with her team and our graduates.  Grechel’s belief, faith and courage continue to unleash her untapped potential and support others to do the same.

  • Steven Diniaco, Assistant Trainer :

    Steve is a part-time Assistant Trainer with Discover Leadership Training. When he is not with Mike and the rest of the Discover team, Steve is the Founder & CEO of Gracemats which designs and distributes interactive placemats for children 5-12 years old. Gracemats is a B2B and B2C company ( and serves customers throughout North America, Australia, the Caribbean and West Africa.

    Building on the theme of helping individuals achieve their true potential through Discover Leadership Training’s life-long transformational experiences, Steve’s other passion includes providing performance improvement solutions as an advisor to business owners, private equity firms and board of directors.

    Steve is a Patent Inventor (No. 13/315,080) of a modular construction supply materials container system and is also a Youth Basketball Coach with Upward Sports. Steve received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati in Accounting and Management.

    Steve’s most important priority is to create positive memories with his children – Dimitri and Sophia – and incorporates Discover Leadership Training’s principles in their daily lives.

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