Donna McKereghan is a civic leader, ethicist, policy analyst, educator, and mentor. She is a motivational speaker who delights, inspires and informs audiences across the U.S. on medical, educational and legal and civil rights.

McKereghan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University, a Master’s Degree from Gonzaga University – both in philosophy with an emphasis in ethics - and completed her Ph.D. coursework in Leadership, also at Gonzaga University. She taught philosophy at Eastern Washington University and, before that, at Spokane Community College. In both contexts, word of mouth resulted in students signing up on wait lists to take courses from her and some of them continue to tell of the positive impact she has had on their lives.

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She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the City of Spokane’s Outstanding Citizen Award, the Mary Shields Wilson Medallion for scholarship and service to the community, the President’s Commendation from Eastern Washington University, an Outstanding Service Award from the North East Community Center Board of Directors, and she has been recognized by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Elie Wiesel.

Active in State and Local governance since she was a teenager, she served under former Gov. Daniel J. Evans in the process of revamping Washington State's Services into the current Department of Social and Health Services. Appointed by former Gov. Gary Locke, she also served under former Gov. Christine Gregoire as a member of the Washington State Legislative Ethics Board. She is the primary author of the City of Spokane’s first Ethics ordinance, passed in January of 2006 and the City's first Service Animal Ordinance. She is the past Chair of the Logan Neighborhood Organization, past President of the Logan Neighborhood Association, served as a stakeholder member of the Logan Neighborhood Centers and Corridor Design Regulations Committee and also as the Northeast Neighborhood lead in the formation of the University District Strategic Plan - the foundation of the development of Spokane's University District. In addition to her educational and civic work, she was the sole owner of Rave Web Design until she retired. She is currently working on two books.

“The quality of our lives depends far less on what we do not have or what is done to us, than on how we choose to think about and respond to our situation.”

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It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be a Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are of a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question. The other party to the comparison knows both sides.
- John Stuart Mill

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