On the Job with Donna Johnson

On the Job with Donna Johnson

Written by: Melissa Gerrish
Photo by: Sarah Cole
Published on: www.al.com

Name: Donna Johnson

Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology with research emphasis from the University of Alabama in Huntsville

Experience: Non-profit Organization Management; National Children’s Advocacy Center, National Children’s Alliance, The Volunteer Center of Huntsville/Madison County, Madison County Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates, Russel Hill Cancer Foundation

Job title: Executive Director

Employer: Russel Hill Cancer Foundation

Number of employees: “Four, and many faithful volunteers.”

Job description: “I am responsible for working with the Foundation’s Board of Trustees toward consistent achievement of the mission (support of bold, innovative cancer research, education and patient assistance), and financial objectives to include: asset protection, budget development and management, human resource management, grant writing, managing projects, programs and volunteers, developing/directing all fundraising events, marketing and public relations.”

Best perk: “Working with highly intelligent, inspirational members of our community who strive to advance science and technology in the unified goal to eradicate cancer and improve cancer treatments.”

Ambition: “To become the best version of myself, as God intended – I have a long way to go!”

Best advice received: “We all possess exactly what we need to be our greatest selves.”

Best advice to give: “Work hard, pray hard and be passionate about your career choice. Never underestimate the value of being honest, trustworthy and loyal to your employer.”

It’s a bad day when: “Another person receives a cancer diagnosis.”

It’s a good day when: “A patient receives the good news that they have won the battle against cancer!”

Role models: “All the heroic cancer patients I see on a regular basis who are fighting the good fight and have their life priorities in perspective.”

Working on: “Writing a grant, developing a proposed FY budget, preparing for an audit, annual report, training new staff, supporting the Lung Cancer Screening Program and other projects at Clearview Cancer Institute, working on the next RHCF Oncology Products Exhibit Fair, 2014 White Linen and Wine, and Battle of the Buffalo fundraising events.”

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