Donna Brooks began her tenure on the board of Grand Valley State University in 1993. She was appointed to a second term in 2001. Donna and her husband, Jim, serve as vice chairs of the Grand Valley University Foundation. She was the Grand Valley University Leadership Award Honoree in 1991. Her commitment to higher education is reflected by her service in campaigns for Grand Valley's health and engineering buildings as well as serving as co-chair of the Shaping Our Future campaign. In 1991, Donna received the Grand Valley University Foundation Leadership Award and in 2003, she and Jim received the Enrichment Award. Donna has been honored with the AFP's 2004 Distinguished Philanthropist Award for West Michigan. She holds a master's in nutrition from Michigan State University. Back to Foundation Leadership.