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Professional Background

Donna Hanson is an experienced professional with over 40 years of diversified engineering and executive management experience in a critical mission systems environment, and in commercial manufacturing, distribution and product development. She earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) in 1996.

In 2008, she founded an instructional design and media development company serving both a domestic and international market with a focus on integrating subject matter expertise and customized content development either with the client’s existing learning management infrastructure, or on stand-alone media. Customers have included the NW Arkansas Community College, Oklahoma City Community College, FAA, Tyson Foods, Inc., Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, CI Solutions LLC, Streamworks Audio (Canada), Steinberg GmbH (Germany), Propellerhead Software (Sweden), Roland Central Europe (Netherlands), and Image Line Software BVBA (Belgium).

In 2006, Ms Hanson was elected to “Cincinnati 100 Wise Women,” sponsored by Deloitte, P&G and US Bank. In 2012, Ms. Hanson was awarded the FAASTeam Representative of the Year for the State of Arkansas.

Positions have included:

• President/Partner, Combined Minds Media (NW Arkansas)
• Vice President, Infrastructure Operations (Kroger, Cincinnati)
• Vice President/Global Director, Infrastructure Operations (JPMorgan Chase)
• Interim Vice President, Strategy & Planning (Miami University)
• CIO, O-Cedar Brands, Inc.

Licenses & Certifications: Commercial Pilot, AMEL, ASES, ASEL, Instrument Airplane, Advanced Ground Instructor, Instrument Instructor, Multi-engine Instructor; and PADI Rescue Diver.

Publications: Marx, Morality, & the Virtue of Beneficence," Robert Sweet, ed. D. Heinrichs (Hanson), 1990, Peter Lang Publishers.

FARS Explained, Kent Jackson, ed. D. Hanson, Jeppesen, 2010

Heroes All, DM Hanson, Combined Minds Media, 2022

Past Board Affiliations: Arkansas Air and Military Museum, Village Lakes Writers & Poets, and as a consultant and contributing writer to the LST 325 Memorial Museum.

Donna Hanson earned an AS in English from New Mexico State University and a BA in English/Philosophy from the University of Dayton with honors.

You can find her visual art at:
And the studio at:

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