Vice President of Risk Management
Donna moved to San Diego from Chicago in 1984. One of her first experiences in the real estate industry was at age 17 when she was working a part-time administrative job at her Father’s real estate brokerage (and he’s still working at age 86!).
She started her real estate career a month after moving to San Diego – her first role involved apartment community acquisitions, REO’s, and apartment community statistical reporting. After almost four years in San Diego, Donna relocated and landed a position in Virginia Beach as Director of Marketing for a property management company. She created and managed property owner budgets, marketing and overseeing leasing and maintenance personnel for 12 apartment communities. Upon moving back to San Diego in 1992, she landed a Leasing Director position for UCSD off-campus housing.
In, 2003, Donna decided to leave the property management industry and take a stab at real estate sales—several hours and two meetings with Brian Gooding later, Donna decided to join Windermere. Since then, she’s worn many hats and was proud to move into a Director of Operations role with Windermere Homes & Estates in 2013. As one of the first employees, and founding members of WH&E, she has been instrumental in creating and implementing company policies and procedures, manuals, agreements, branch office build-outs and so much more.
Six years later, in her current role as the Vice President of Risk Management, she provides agents with transactional support and guidance, legal resources, file reviews, and training to ensure that everyone remains risk-free and compliant.
Donna was one of two recipients of the first WH&E Hall of Fame Charter Member Award in 2016. She is a current member of the National Association of Professional Women, and enjoys watching sports (specifically cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks and Cubbies), and hanging out with her two children in her spare time.
“Munchkin” in High School; “Worker Bee” at work.
It’s Fun, always challenging, always changing, fulfilling, different from day to day, never a dull moment!
My mom and dad’s wedding since they’re still married over 55 years and I’m very proud; the first space shuttle launch; and a live Elvis concert from the mid-50’s.
An English Professor or an Attorney (maybe in real estate, as it suits me)
“Donna’s dedication to Windermere is amazing. We often find ourselves burning the midnight oil together. She is loyal, knowledgeable and is never too busy to stop and offer assistance with a smile. Donna’s contribution to Windermere is unsurpassed as the company has grown. Windermere is so fortunate to have Donna on their team and I am lucky to have had the pleasure of working with her.”
GLENNIS PLEYSIER, REALTOR®