Donna first picked up a camera when she took a photography class in 1971. While watching the magic of the print reveal itself in the developing tray her future became clear. Since that time she has been fully engaged in the world of photography. For several years she worked as a photojournalist with a particular love for sports photography at the Times Advocate, a mid-sized daily newspaper in San Diego County. She has taught college level photography for nineteen years and is a full-time assistant professor of photography at Palomar Community College in San Marcos. She has managed the photography competition at the San Diego County Fair for ten years, and has been a volunteer docent at the Museum of Photographic Arts for over fifteen years. She was director of The Photographer's Gallery in Escondido for four years, curating numerous exhibitions. She is a member of several organizations including ASMP-SD, the Escondido Arts Partnership and the North County Photographic Society. Her most recent major exhibition was at the Boehm Gallery, at Palomar College, in a dual showing with Tom Millea. Donna runs photography workshops to such places as the Owens Valley and Death Valley through her company, Photographic Explorations.
Donna works primarily with a twin lens Rolleiflex 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 and makes gelatin silver prints in her own darkroom.