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Get to Know Donna

“Public service is my life…."

And with forty years of community, state, and national service, I know what it means to serve. I am a retired Navy Captain who dedicated 25 years of active-duty service to the United States through service in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, where I served as a prosecutor, defense attorney and criminal trial judge. I was responsible for all personnel and medical issues affecting the U.S. Navy before Congress and was the commanding officer of the largest legal office in the Department of the Navy.

After retiring from the Navy, I served as a Senior Vice President of a healthcare provider and have been engaged in the private practice of law helping save the jobs of military service members, government employees, and government contractor employees. I have served in countless leadership roles in the Virginia State Bar, non-profit organizations, local election boards, and the Episcopal Church.

As an active-duty member of the Navy, I was stationed overseas on multiple occasions as well as all over the United States. I bring the advantage of having lived in Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Central Virginia, setting deep roots in my permanent home in this “magical” place in the middle of the Scottsville District. Here, I am rebuilding a home that was first constructed in 1754 on property going back to a Colonial Land Grant. In picking Scottsville, I was drawn to the history, legacy, and culture as well as the diversity of the district - from the suburban developments in the north, to the wineries, historic estates and farms throughout, and to and the James River in the south where the Town of Scottsville, not only serves our District, but is centrally connected to our neighboring counties and communities.

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