Janice Downey Donoghue

Trustee — Class of 1975

Biography

After graduating Marietta College in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Janice earned a MBA from Fordham University Graduate School of Business in New York City (1982) and a Master of Science in Earth Science Education from CW Post LI University in Brookville, New York (2006). While at Marietta, she was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority and the TriBeta Biology Honor Society.

Janice recently retired after teaching Advanced Placement Environmental Science and Earth Science at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in New York City for 15 years. She especially enjoyed working with a diverse population of special needs, at-risk and low-skilled 10th, 11th and 12th graders who constituted the majority of her students.

Prior to teaching, Janice was Supervisor of Labor Relations for American Airlines’ eastern division. Her responsibilities included counseling management through the Vice President level regarding labor contracts, discipline, workers' compensation and discrimination complaints, covering an employee population of 7,000. She prepared and presented arbitration cases on matters of discharge, discipline, overtime, sub-contracting, and scope of work. She also provided exit interview counseling to those responsible for terminating employees.

Janice volunteers as a mentor for the Opportunity Network, a non-profit NGO that helps talented, low-income public high school students bridge the gap between academic learning and success in college and careers. A sustained, six-year commitment to each student includes college guidance, career exposure, paid internships, and professional etiquette training. OppNet emphasizes personal and professional networks and the importance of social capital in navigating college and the professional world.

Janice and her husband Michael ’74 live in Plandome, New York. They have three adult children.