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Alumni Spotlight: Donna Dostal

Alumni Spotlight: Donna Dostal

 By Jennifer Woodard

donna-dostal-headshotMeet Donna Dostal, a two-time Bellevue University alum with a 2008 Communication Arts and Liberal Arts with Professional Application Degree (LAPA) and a 2011 Master of Public Administration (MPA). Since graduating from Bellevue University, Donna has become the Chief Development Officer for Heartland Family Service. Donna oversees the agency’s fundraising efforts, volunteer involvement, marketing, communications and public relations.

Tell us what you loved most about your Bellevue University Experience:

My time with Bellevue University helped me fulfill my life-long dream of achieving my college degree.  The coursework in nearly every class I took was directly relevant to my work, and helped me to become a more critical and strategic thinker.  Going to Bellevue University helped me grow into the person I always wanted to be…and for that I am truly grateful!

Do you have any special memories to share?

I’ll never forget the amazing support of Dr. Joe Wydeven.  He was my mentor and inspiration, not only during my program, but even after graduation.  He taught me to “never be a finished product.”   On our last day of class, he challenged us to never stop learning and growing, and I think I took that to heart and have tried very hard to live his words. He was a dear soul.

Tell us about your hobbies and interests:

I love to volunteer my time for the community, including my time spent helping the City of Bellevue on the Complete Streets Citizens Advisory Panel.  Also, I enjoy crocheting, shopping, and road trip adventures. My husband, Larry, and I also consider ourselves “foodies” and love to visit new and different dining experiences here in the metro and while we are out traveling in the heartland.

What advice do you have for current students? 

Education is the gift you give yourself that no one can ever take away. Cherish this gift and never be a finished product!