Donna Perkins is a native of Marion, Virginia. She graduated from Marion Senior High School in 1976 and entered East Tennessee State University in August 1976. She graduated in 1980, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and minored in Corrections and History.
Upon graduating and returning to Marion, she accepted a position with Smyth County School Board as a substitute/homebound teacher. In 1983, Donna furthered her education at East Tennessee State University in education and received her teaching certification in Social Sciences and History. In 1984, Donna accepted full-time employment at an educational facility. Through advancements, Donna was transferred to Simpsonville, Kentucky in 1998.
September 2000, Donna returned to Marion as a result of a serious injury to her aging father, as she knew it would require extensive medical and in-home caregiving. In April 2001, Donna returned to work, which required extensive travel. In 2004, Donna knew the current position would not allow her to provide the care for her aging parents and accepted a full-time position in Marion. From 2004 until 2017, Donna was the primary caregiver for her father and mother, who both had serious health issues.
Donna is fully aware of the need for advanced planning for elder care, advanced health directives, estate planning and nursing home crisis. July 2016, Donna’s mother lost her battle with cancer (multiple myeloma) at the age of 84 and April 2017, her father passed at the age of 96. With such a devastating occurrence, Donna and her family could cope with the grief and pain because the parents had planned for elder care, estate planning and advanced directives. She knows the best you can leave for your loved ones is making the difficult decisions without leaving this to your family.
In her spare time, Donna enjoys gardening, landscaping, decorating, woodworking, Nascar and most of all, her two dogs.