Donna L. Hood, Owner

Business Woman, Cowgirl, Friend

Donna began her education at Harcum College in 1974, majoring in Medical technology. Upon receiving an A.A. degree, Cum Laude, she continued to Villanova for a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology.

Post-graduation, Donna started as a laboratory technician in quality control at Cappel Labs, Inc. in Cochranville, PA. Donna's attention to detail was quickly recognized and she was promoted to technical buyer.

In 1982, she was instrumental in establishing a new company, Jackson ImmunoResearch Laboratories, Inc. She married her husband Ralph the same year. Jackson began as a small biotech company supplying immunological reagents for the research community. Specializing in secondary antibodies, Jackson has grown from five to presently 60 employees. Donna's responsibilities ranged from "Lab Tech" to "Chief Financial Officer" of the company.

Donna's extensive community service began in 1986. Initially joining Lions Club International as the first woman in the club, she was a leader and contributor of many organizations. She took leadership roles in all of the following:

  • Past President, Lions Club International of Kennett Square, PA and recipient of Melvin Jones Award
  • Past President, Kennett Run Charities
  • Past Officer, Kennett Square Business and Professional Women's Club
  • Past President, Kennett Area Senior Center
  • Past President, Revitalization Task Force of Kennett Square
  • Past Corporate Board of Director, YMCA of the Greater Brandywine Valley
  • Past Mentor, Chester County Futures
  • Past Recipient of the "Outstanding Citizen of the Year" for Southern Chester County, 1998
  • Past President & Chairman of the Board, Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Board of Director, Chester County Economic Development Council
  • Past Board of Director, Kennett Symphony of Chester County
  • Past Co-Chair for the startup of the Cultural Alliance of Kennett Square
  • Past Auditor for Newlin Township

In 1996, she started a retail women's shoe business in Kennett Square. Partnering with her sister and employing her father, "My Sister's Shoes" was a vibrant part of the Kennett Square business community for seven years.

1998 brought Donna to the Wet Mountain Valley of Westcliffe, Colorado to visit a business associate. It was love at first sight and Donna has never really left the area since. In 2004, a working horse ranch was purchased in the valley and another business venture began. Donna retired from Jackson ImmunoResearch Labs, Inc. in the spring of 2008 to concentrate fully on growing "A Painted View Ranch" into the world class facility it is today. In 20221, A Painted View Ranch celebrates seventeen years of successful business.

She enjoys planning events. She is looking forward to the release of the movie "Vanishing Knowledge" which she is a part of to help with the awareness of the Nokota® breed.

It did not take Donna long to become involved in her new community of Westcliffe, including:

  • Past 2015 Ride the Rockies Finish Line Coordinator
  • Past President, Custer County Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Secretary, Custer County Republican Central Committee
  • Past Assistant Treasurer, Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Club
  • Past Treasurer, Custer County Economic Development Corporation
  • Past President, 4H Foundation
  • Past Chair, Extension Advisory Board
  • Past Treasurer, Fair Board
  • Past Treasurer, Friends of Beckwith
  • Past President, Custer County Cattle Women's Association
  • Past Board of Director, Western States Cutting Horse Association
  • Past Treasurer & Past Co-Chair, Economic Restructuring for CART
  • Past Member, Wet Mountain Valley Saddling Club
  • Treasurer, Custer County Economic Development Corporation
  • Past Secretary, Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Club
  • Past President, Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Club
  • Treasurer, The Nokota® Horse Conservancy
  • President, Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Foundation
  • Assistant Governor, Rotary District 5470

She enjoys oil painting, music, hunting, traveling, dressing in period clothing and preserving western heritage through the activities of her ranch while being an active citizen in Custer County. Donna was elected to the position of Custer County Commissioner, District III. After serving in that capacity for eleven months, Donna met strong opposition to her platform policies, and thus ended her term in office.

In 2018, Donna was able to fulfill her love and passion for the West by acquiring a beautiful Adobe home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was introduced to the Nokota® Horse and acquired fifteen horses to become a preservation breeder. She is enjoying the nature, peace and tranquility of those surroundings.

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