A proven record of leadership in Eastern North Carolina and around the globe.
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Retired Air Force Colonel Donna Lake has been on the front lines of health care as a combat veteran, intensive care and community health nurse, and healthcare CEO. Donna Lake is a first generation college graduate and served 25 years in the US Air Force. She received her diploma in Nursing from Long Island College Hospital, her B.S.N. in Nursing from Stony Brook University, her M.Ed from the University of Oklahoma, and Ph.D. in Health Care Administration from Touro University International.


Over a decade as a Clinical Professor with ECU College of Nursing, Graduate Programs, and Brody School of Medicine she has served Eastern NC by teaching 85 faculty and 450 students patient safety principles, leadership, and finance skills. Donna’s expertise has contributed to the awarding of nearly $7.5M in grant funding impacting NC.


​Donna is equipped with decades of experience as a collaborative, problem-solving leader. As a previous USAF Colonel and Medical CEO, she ensured the well-being of the base community (approximately 21,000 people) to include safe roads, clean water, food accessibility, disaster preparedness, affordable housing, and increased mental and dental health access. Donna also ensured that special needs children of military families had access to the schools with the proper resources by recruiting special education professionals to the community. She facilitated communication between the military and local school board, which created ongoing dialogue and improvements within the school system.

Before moving to Goldsboro to serve at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Colonel Lake received one Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, seven Meritorious Service Medals, her Flight Nurse Wings, Air Force Commendation and Achievement medals, US Air Force Nurse of the Year Award, and several other recognitions and commendations while serving in some of the most dangerous conflicts around the globe. She knows tough times and has true grit to make things happen. In Goldsboro, Donna and her husband Bob, also a retired USAF pilot, have built their post military life and raised two children. 


Donna makes precise, well thought out decisions by listening to all voices and considering all perspectives - a trusted leader with proven results. Donna has firsthand experience in servant leadership, complex program management, effective communication, and is ready to work hard every day for the people of NC Senate District 7.

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