About Donna

You’re in a unique situation, and I’ve been there.

donna225As someone who holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Cultural Studies and a master’s in mental health counseling, I have an intimate understanding of what you may be encountering right now.

My passion for coaching ABD graduate students sprang directly from my own struggles while writing my dissertation. There were moments when I wasn’t sure I was going to have those three letters after my name, and I may well not have, but for some incredible faculty who supported me. I understand that all graduate students are not as lucky as I was, and I want you to have that support.

Prior to working as a coach, I worked in an academic setting for many years, as foreign language faculty, and as a counselor in a university counseling center.

After years of struggling with a complicated dual-career marriage situation, I finally made the decision that departure from academe was the right choice for me. Having spent time in both teaching and counseling, coaching was the perfect next step.

In addition to my work with ABD students, I have coached displaced employees from the automotive and pharmaceutical industries, and have provided coaching to military spouses through a program sponsored by the Department of Defense.

I currently also coach individuals facing decisions about academe and considering their own career transitions.

When I’m not coaching I enjoy life with my husband and our very spoiled Maine Coon cat. I love traveling, reading, knitting, spending time with friends, as well as singing and playing the guitar and harp.

I have provided coaching to ABD students since 2006, and have loved having the opportunity to support and help others through this challenging stage of their graduate career. I would love to have the opportunity to do the same for you!

Please contact me by phone at 618-319-4998 or email so we can talk about your situation and explore how coaching can help you.

You can also visit my other site at academictrailingspouse.com.