Our sweet Donna joined the DSI team nearly two years ago to handle all of the bookkeeping and keep us organized!

When Leyla announced that she wanted to fill a bookkeeping role at DSI, Donna was the first person who reached out. Donna was a retired mother of Leyla’s friend that Leyla had waited tables with at Outback many years ago. She knew right away that Donna was the one!

Since joining DSI, Donna has been our little light in the office. She always comes in dressed in beautiful bright colors, and is sure to coordinate with amazing jewelry.

She is also the most thoughtful person that any of us know. Every single birthday and holiday, even down to the small ones like Valentines Day, we each have a treat on our desk with a thoughtful card.

We love Donna and her kind-hearted spirit!!

Q&A With Donna

What can people find you doing outside of design shop? (What are your hobbies)

I’ve been an avid machine quilter for more than 20 years.  I’ve made many, many quilts for my family and friends, it gives me great joy & satisfaction. 

What is your beverage of choice? 

I like vodka/tonic or Chardonnay when it’s hot, and red wine in winter.  

What is the best trip you’ve ever been on?

My favorite trip was to Paris, France  with my sister and 10 other friends.  The leader of our group taught French her whole career in a private High School in San Diego.  She used to take students to Paris every summer.  When she retired, she said “I’m going to take my friends this time instead of students.” She gave us the most glorious trip one could ever imagine!  

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

 My Grandmother always said “be kind,” whether to a friend or an animal, and I try to always follow those words. 

What is your favorite part about working at Design Shop?

It’s a new challenge every day; work loads change, faces change, even the location, but it all comes down to the friendships we’ve created amongst our staff members.  Those cannot be replaced.  

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