Nurse · Businesswoman · Veteran
for San Clemente City Council
As a Registered Nurse and Certified Legal Nursing Consultant with a background in managing businesses and hospital departments, Donna is uniquely qualified in these unprecedented times to bring her experience as a military officer, seasoned manager, and public health advocate to serve San Clemente.
Donna has spoken on the need for a community hospital that provides emergency services and quality hospital care for San Clemente families.
Donna has been an advocate for our city on the issue of homelessness. She’s worked with outreach through her church and spoken at City Council on the need for a comprehensive plan to take action on this public safety crisis.
Donna resides in the Forester Ranch neighborhood with her husband, Warren.
Together they have 7 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Donna’s hobbies are gardening, winemaking, camping, hiking, SCUBA, chess , and our wonderful San Clemente beaches and open space.
Why I'm Running
I’ve spent my whole life helping others as both an Air Force Captain and Registered Nurse. Our City is at a crossroads and we need experienced leadership now more than ever. My background will help us manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and bring a voice for local residents who are tired of politics as usual at City Hall. I will preserve our city’s unique quality of life and work every day to solve San Clemente”s most pressing issues.
As your Councilmember, I’ll work to:
- Bring back our community hospital to provide quality local hospital care and emergency services for our San Clemente families.
- Apply my experience with eldercare and hospice to improve our city’s outreach to our senior population.
- Address our city’s homelessness crisis head-on with prevention and intervention to keep families and individuals off the streets.
- Enhance our beaches, parks, trails, and open spaces and keep San Clemente clean and green
- Stop the division at City Hall and bring open, transparent government to our community.
1989-1996 Inducted US Air Force as 1st Lieutenant, promoted to Captain, deployment Operations: Desert Storm & Sea Signal; honorably discharged
1998-2001 Nursing in South Carolina: SC Nurse’s Association Ethics Committee, DHEC Inspection Team Captain (Elder Care Facility Certification)
2001-2013 Director of OB/GYN or Surgery/Periop at various CA hospitals: notably Laguna Beach, San Clemente , and Palomar Escondido
2013-present Founded Clara Barton Health Services (now merged with Vidrine Consulting); 2014 Certified Legal Nurse Consultant certification
Also various interim work as OB/GYN Mgr/Director or Surgical Recovery
Education: 1980 B.S. in Nursing, R.N.; 1990 M.A. In Health Care Admin
Volunteer: hospice care, BSA Adult Leadership, CLC ministry