Donna Ireland was hired May 17, 1982, and retired December 30, 2013, after serving the District and College for 31 ½ years. She served four of the six District presidents: Dr. Peter Blomerley, Dr. Floyd Hogue, Dr. Doug Treadway, and Dr. Gari Browning. Upon her retirement, she was granted Emeritus status.
Donna worked in Academic Affairs for three years, Student Services for seven years, and Administrative Services for 21 ½ years. She also taught evenings for the District as adjunct faculty in the Word Processing Department for eight years.
Donna was asked to participate in the Great College Seminar in November of 1989, where Donna suggested that employees be recognized for their contributions to the District. Based on her efforts, the Ad hoc Recognition Committee was created and joined with the Ad hoc SOFA Committee and both were co-chaired as the SOFA / Recognition Committee by Donna and Professor Ron Staszkow for over 14 years.
Donna developed the Ohlone Benefits Office in 1993 where Employees, Board Members, and Retirees could obtain information about employee and retiree benefits. She chaired, presented and invited other speakers to join her in presenting orientation sessions for management and staff for over 10 years. She served on many District committees, hiring committees, and four District Accreditation Teams. Donna volunteered at all SOFA / Recognition events, most Foundation events, and many other District events.
During her tenure at Ohlone, Donna was an outstanding student at the college and earned three Associate of Arts Degrees and one Associate of Science Degree all with highest honors. She is a life member of the Ohlone College Alumni and Friends Association.
In retirement, Donna has continued as an important communication link with Ohlone. She maintains a retiree email list and keeps retirees informed of various college activities, as well as retiree news. In addition, she suggested and coordinates a semi-annual lunch gathering for retirees.
Donna has always been and will always be a loyal, ardent cheerleader for the Ohlone Community College District (and the San Francisco Giants!).