ESC’s new Parish Administrator comes to us after four years on the Parish Day School/Eastern Shore Chapel team. Donna Julian was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She is a lifelong Episcopalian who has fond memories of All Saint’s Episcopal Church and Father Grace. She attended Buffalo State College for a period of time but found that life was pulling her in a different direction. She met her future husband John in high school and although they never dated in school, they reconnected five years later and became affianced.
As John was active-duty Navy, after they wed in February 1991 they moved to Staten Island, New York. They spent three years there and then were transferred, along with their two young sons, to Norfolk, Virginia. Donna became involved with Early Childhood Education through the Navy Child Development Center. Starting as a teaching assistant, through training and certification courses she eventually became a lead teacher working primarily with two-year- olds.
Eventually, the Navy sent Donna and her family to Mannheim, Germany for 3.5 years. They traveled extensively through Europe, with Donna realizing a life-dream come true when they visited Vatican City in Rome, specifically the Sistine Chapel. A lifelong lover of art and history, Europe was an almost overwhelming mixture of both!
The Julian’s came back to the United States in September of 2002. Along with the richness of their experiences, they also brought back two more children, Abigail, and Benjamin (yes, Donna was pregnant almost the entire time while overseas). John finished out his Navy career of 24 years when he retired in December of 2007, and it was shortly thereafter that Donna decided to work full time in the Early Childcare Education field. In December of 2017 she was hired at Parish Day School as the Administrative Assistant and Health and Safety Coordinator. In November 2019 it was decided to split Donna’s PDS job with a new administrative opportunity at Eastern Shore Chapel. Since then, Donna has worked for both the day school and ESC.
In her spare time, when it isn’t Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, or Pentecost, Donna loves to read (primarily non-fiction) and watch documentaries. She also likes to sketch and paint and generally create. She collects sea-glass and glass insulators from the shores of Lake Erie. She also loves to spend time with her family, especially her grandson, Jackson. Donna is also an avid swimmer and really wants her husband to teach her to golf.