Councilmember Donna Winston
Donna is a native Arizonan and grew up on the west side. She graduated from ASU, Magna Cum Laude and double majored in Criminal Psychology and Communication. She is married to Dr. Joshua Winston, DVM, has four children, two granddaughters and a new grandson. She bought her first brand new home in Rancho El Mirage and has lived here for 18 years.
Donna has worked for Maricopa Community Colleges since 1996 and is currently a Senior Administrative Assistant at the District Office. Along with her duties there, she has been an employee advocate leader for the last 18 years which included writing employee policy along with helping Maricopa Community College employees.
Through this advocacy work for employees, Donna was asked to start the public employee sector of AZ Conference of Police and Sherriff (AZCOPS), called “Maricopa Employees”. She is currently the President of this non-profit group and proudly leads her board by navigating public employees through processes and policies of their organization.
Donna and her husband Dr. Winston own two animal hospitals, one in Sun City West and the other in Glendale. Their two eldest sons are Veterans in the U.S. Military and are very dedicated to military personnel and their families. Because of this, they do not charge office visit fees at either of the animal hospitals. Donna is also a wedding planner and owns her business “By Invitation Only”.
Donna believes in giving back to her community and has been extremely involved in volunteerism since she was a very young girl. She was the Family Readiness Group Leader for almost five years for her youngest son’s Army Battalion. She served on the Executive Board of “The Single Mom Foundation” and taught a ten week course called “The Road to Self Reliance”. She currently sits on the Executive Board of “Don’t Leave Me.org” which started off as a civic engagement project for college students which brings awareness to the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars.
One of Donna’s goals for the City of El Mirage is to partner with not only our local businesses but with our sister cities around us to build a stronger economy throughout our community. She would like to utilize these connections to support Education, Police and Fire in our own neighborhoods to secure a safer, better future for El Mirage citizens.