Donna is ordained as a lay minister in the Zen Buddhist tradition. She has studied with Roshi Joan Halifax, Founder and Abbott of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM, and Fred Eppsteiner of Florida Community of Mindfulness. Before joining MGH, Donna has worked as a chaplain in Palliative Care at the University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill, and at Suncoast Hospice and Morton Plant Hospital in the Tampa Bay area. She also covered oncology floor at the latter hospital. She wrote her thesis on “Contemplative Practices in Higher Education” while working at Deep Springs College. She has a BA in Biology from Duke University (1982), where she was later a senior manager at Duke University Press. She trained as a pastry chef, and was also a naturalist guide in Galapagos National Park.