Donna Daniels

Director, Brushy Fork Leadership Institute

At Berea College since 1990

217 Stephenson Hall
CPO 2164
Phone: 859-985-3859

Office Hours: M–F, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Donna Daniels


Donna Daniels first began working with Brushy Fork Institute in 1990 and has served in a variety of roles over the last three decades, including four years as director from 2012-2016. She returned to direct the program in 2018, after spending a couple of years working as principal planner for Department of Housing and Urban Development funded programs in Clark County, Nevada. Donna has also served as director of resources for Communities by Choice, an affiliate program of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development. Her experience and skills include workshop design, facilitation, communications, fundraising, research, planning, and program administration.

Donna is a first generation college graduate with a BA in English (1989) from Berea College. She was born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, where her father’s family has lived since the late 1700s. She raised her family in Estill County, Kentucky, before sojourning to the Desert Southwest for a couple of years. She now lives in Berea with her husband Gene.