Donna is a results-oriented, resourceful professional dedicated to excellence in Accounting, Analysis, Budgeting, and Financial Reporting. She is adept at using automation to increase productivity and profitability, is a hands-on team leader with strong communication skills and over 20 years diverse experience in private and non-profit sectors.
She is currently the Interim Director of Finance of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), with responsibility for directing the organization’s financial policies, planning, reporting, and controls. Donna oversees all financial functions including accounting, budget, credit, risk, tax, and treasury. Before joining AACAP, she worked for several organizations building her skills in financial software implementation, analysis, and development. During her eight years as Manager of Financial Applications and Disbursements of SHRM, she initiated several programs that resulted in increased accuracy of interim financial reporting, increased accounts payable accuracy by 35%, and decreased month-end close time by 40%. Creativity, drive, and leadership are Donna’s greatest strengths. She thrives on a variety of challenges, especially those that expand the company’s reach.
Donna has served on the board of directors of Resource Connections, Inc.; post-Co-Chair of the Institute for the Growth and Development of All America’s Youth (GADAAY); and current Co-Chair of Fundraising for lota Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Koppa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a current member of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs.
Tyree Brown (Prince George’s County), 26, is a visual artist currently living in Maryland. In 2015 she was in a car accident that left her quadriplegic. Art has always been a prominent part of Tyree’s life but everything changed after her injury, she could no longer walk or use her dominant right hand. While in rehabilitation, she learned to adapt in using her left hand to train it how to draw. Learning how to draw with a different hand was new to her and was often difficult to get the desired outcome, but she kept her faith in Jesus. Through drawing portraits and having faith, she found a way to cope with her disability and improve her craft. Even though matters became difficult for her in having to live in a nursing home at the age of 20, she never lost hope. While in the nursing home, a Money Follows The Person counselor saw the need for Tyree to get back into her community and helped her get out of the nursing home and back into her own home. Tyree is extremely grateful that Jesus has placed her on this path and hopes to encourage others that life with a disability can be filled with goals, hope, and faith.
Mary Schor (Montgomery County) is a Washington, D.C. area native. She met her husband while pursuing a B.A. in psychology at the University of Maryland. Shortly after completing her degree in 2003, an injury triggered the onset of complex regional pain syndrome which limited her mobility and independence. Eventually, as a result of more effective symptom management and access to adaptive equipment, her ability to live independently considerably increased. In 2013, she established a peer support group for individuals with chronic pain. Since then, she has volunteered for several nonprofit organizations that serve the local community, including Senior Connection, Community Ministries of Rockville, Disability Partnerships, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, and Independence Now. She is committed to serving the disability community and working to advance the rights of people with disabilities. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University and is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the community by serving on Independence Now’s Board of Directors.