“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Donna lives this creed as as a impassioned client-centered specialist. And Elite Life CareManagement welcomes Donna to the team as of October, 2019. Donna brings extensive experience working in the foster care system along with providing support, case management and counseling for person’s with physical/mental disabilities and the aged population. Donna is dedicated and focused toward pursuing the best interest of the client as an effective advocate along with maintaining a strong commitment to assisting clients achieve goals and positive outcomes.
Donna’s expertises includes over 20 years of: goal planning and development; referral, advocacy and resource linkage; client needs assessment and crisis intervention; and interdisciplinary team collaboration. Donna is skilled in technical and opinion writing, including articles and clinical assessments. Donna has skilled training in child abuse recognition, cognitive behavioral treatment for those with anxiety/ depression and is certified in Mental Health First Aid training.
Donna’s education comes with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family ad Individual Studies from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Human Services Administration from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. Donna is also a certified Health and Life Coach from the Health Coach Institute.
Her professional work extends beyond the Chicagoland borders as she has done extensive ministry work both locally and overseas.
While in the Phillipines, after seeing the neglected needs of children, she collaborated in the creating of a community clothing drive where individuals and local churches participated in donating new/used clothing and 13 full-boxed articles of clothing were distributed overseas to poor children in the South Leyte provinces in the Philippines.
In Suna Migori, Kenya, Donna assisted the widows in creating sustainable income for themselves as they sewed blankets, made baskets and potholders in order to return to the states to generate income for their livelihood.
Recently, while in Keiv, Ukraine she taught English as a second language to grades 2nd through 4th and visited several orphanages to evaluate the financial and physical needs of children in order to make appeal for assistance through the states.
Donna is also active in her church where she spearheaded the development of a woman’s group with an established mission and purpose.
Currently, Donna lives in Palos Hills with her husband of 16 years where she enjoys extensive community involvement, traveling, reading and time with their Dauchsand, Jack, who is the “master” of their home.