In 2004, Donna left the public school teaching profession to devote her energy and talents to teaching agility. Her students frequently comment that it is this "teaching skill" that makes her a successful instructor. She frequently attends seminars and workshops to keep up-to-date on the latest techniques and has successfully brought those techniques to her students.

Donna has achieved the highest titles in USDAA and AKC agility, and currently competes Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Border Collies. She has qualified, competed, and reached the finals/challenger rounds at both the AKC and USDAA National Agility Championships.

Donna excels at bringing training techniques to her agility students and places emphasis on the handler-dog relationship. She has many students who came out of Novice A/Starters classes, and are now competing successfully in Excellent/Masters classes. Numerous students have earned their MACH/ADCH titles and have competed at the National level. She works with teams with motivational issues to instill confidence and drive. She also works with driven teams that require improvement in handling skills and self control, always working to maintain speed and drive. Because Donna handles both mini and open dogs she can address the specifics of running a small or a large dog.

When Donna is not working with dogs she and her husband love to vacation in Lake Placid, New York. Kayaking and canoeing are always on the top of their list of things to do!

Donna at a Baltimore Ravens game

At a Ravens game against Tampa Bay...and, yes, the Ravens won!

Donna kayaking on Tridelphia Reservoir

Donna kayaking in the Adirondacks

Donna canoeing in the Adirondacks