Credentials


  • Experienced Educator, Professor of Communication Studies – 40 years.
  • Holds Doctoral degree in Human Behavior, Master’s degree in Speech Communication.
  • Recognized by U.S. Justice Dept. for her work in stopping child abuse.
  • Nominated for the American President's Service Award
  • Recognized by the California State Senate and The Orange County Board of Supervisors for her work to stop child abuse.
  • Honored for her writings by Changes Magazine, U.C. Irvine, Childhelp USA, and others.
  • Appointed to a National Consortium as well as a State of California Dept of Corrections Board to work for Victims’ Rights.
  • Subject of L.A. Times Magazine Cover Story
  • Named to Great Teachers in America, Who’s Who in The World, Two Thousand Notable American Women, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the West, and others 
  • 2004 - California Co-Chair of Force which helped to obtain the successful passage of the first national victims’ rights bill.
  • Served on the board of directors for Mother’s Against Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse Listening and Mediation in Santa Barbara, California, and Laura’s House - Center Against Domestic Violence
  • Donna is on the Board of Directors for WomanSage Organization of Orange County.
  • She is facilitating a Loss of a Loved One Support Group for the City of San Juan Capistrano.
  • She received National recognition for Excellence in Teaching: Honored for Excellence in Teaching by National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin TX, University of Texas, 2009
  • Awarded the “Excellence in Teaching” award by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin Texas. 2009
  • Named “Outstanding Faculty” by the Cypress College EOPS Students, 2009
  • Subject of feature article in Affinity: The Magazine for California Community Colleges. Fall 2009
  • Subject of article in Cypress Chronicle. May 2008
  • Subject of article in Divergence Magazine, a Cypress Chronicle Publication. Sept. 2009
  • Subject of article in Capistrano Dispatch, May 2008 
  • Subject of article in At Cypress, March 31, 2008
  • Named Consultant of the Month for the U.S. Justice Department Office of Victims of Crimes TTAC consortium, 2008
  • Received NCA’s Top Ten Award for Great Teaching Ideas, 2008
  • Participated in Los Angeles Times Book Festival at UCLA for Spring 2007, 2008