Donna holds a B.A. in English from Kent State University, where she is currently pursuing a M.A. in journalism and mass communication with a focus on magazine reporting and editing. She is the former vice president of programming for the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), as well as a former national member of GPA. Additionally, she is a member of the Online News Association (ONA), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Kent State University Alumni Association. She is a former member of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) and the Ohio Prospect Research Network (OPRN).