Donna has had a lifelong passion for health, fitness, and education. Originally from California in the U.S., it took her a while to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her first job was at a gym as a front desk clerk. After college, she managed a weight loss center, then counseled drug addicts, and later was a college professor, teaching human nutrition and psychology courses. She eventually became an elementary school teacher, where most of the people she spends her time with are shorter than she is.
She is an avid runner, completing 12 marathons and dozens of half-marathons. If you catch her in a bad mood, she probably didn’t get her run in that day or needs to be fed.
She moved to SJdS from Hawai‘i after her husband brought it up over a bottle of wine. She has severe allergies to cold weather and country music, so Nicaragua was a perfect choice.
“I love living in San Juan del Sur. Everyone is laid back and friendly, and the pace of life is what our family has been searching for. Being in the gym and seeing the community come together to become healthier truly makes me happy.”