Donna MacDonald

Donna MacDonald

Director of Community Engagement and Professional Development, Development officer for IOG

Donna MacDonald

Job Description

Donna began working at the Institute of Gerontology in May of 2006. Currently she is the Director of Community Outreach and Professional Development as well as the Development officer for the Institute.   Donna provides direction for the Art of Aging Conference, Issues in Aging Conference, Alzheimer's Conference and our newly created Loving on Empty:  A Caregivers Conference.  She is in charge of over 230 continuing education programs that the IOG does each year and educates over 12,000 individuals yearly.  Her primary focus is to educate the senior population in a wide variety of topics, from Alzheimer's Research to Creative Aging Techniques and the professional population in how to take care of our aging adults.  Donna created a program, BrainStorm, a 12 month program on brain health for older adults.  This was developed with her co-worker, Cheryl Deep.  The outreach department feels it is imperative to bring our research to the forefront and arm seniors with the necessary information for them to make informed decisions about their futures and their health care needs. Donna has the ability to interact with the aging population in a positive and respectful manner, realizing they are the key to the health and longevity of future generations.

Donna received the  Michigan Educator of the Year Award in 2013 and The Spirit of Community Award in 2019 for her community engagement efforts.  



Donna holds a MA from Michigan State University with a major in marketing and personal administration and a minor in human studies.   Donna is also a certified dementia practitioner as well as a trainer for CDP.   

Office Location

104 Knapp

Office Phone



Donna also has a certificate in Medical Records Administration and Coding.      

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