LaDonna was born and raised in California, spending time in both Northern California (Bay Area) and in sunny San Diego. LaDonna holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in guidance counseling. Raised by hard working parents who believe in giving to others, LaDonna is no stranger to volunteering and helping others. Whether it’s serving in her church in various ministries or volunteering as a mentor in the Aztec mentor program at San Diego State University, LaDonna enjoys serving and imparting to the next generation. LaDonna has spent the past decade in the mental health field working with at-risk youth in a residential treatment setting. LaDonna’s love for sports and mentorship was brought to life as she managed the recreation therapy department at San Diego Center for Children. In this position, LaDonna was able to teach youth ages 6-18 years old life and social skills, sports, and coping skills to deal with frustration and anxiety. LaDonna believes the glass is half-full and encourages youth to focus on the positive things in life rather than the negative. In her free time, LaDonna enjoys being active, including playing softball, cycling, bowling, hiking, and relaxing by watching a good movie. LaDonna’s mission statement for her life is: Trust God, Laugh Daily, and Give Freely.