About Donna Dentler 

The Donna Dentler Service Award was created by PaCCS (Pennsylvania College Career Services Association) in 1991 to recognize the outstanding organizational and professional services of a PaCCS member.  The first award was received by Donna Dentler of Messiah College.  Over the 18 years that she was a member of both PaCCS and CEAP (Cooperative Education Association of Pennsylvania), she served on both boards and in numerous offices, including President of CEAP in 1990-1991.  Donna conceived and developed the Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC), uniting the colleges and universities in central Pennsylvania to sponsor an annual job fair for seniors.  She served as president of CPEC for two years.  She also assisted the newly formed WestPACS group to begin sponsoring a job fair in Western Pennsylvania.
Donna joined Messiah College in 1979 as Director of Career Development and later became Associate Dean.  She developed a comprehensive career development program and Career Center for the college as well as implemented a college-wide internship/cooperative education program.  Donna left full-time employment at Messiah in 1993 when she followed her husband on an international assignment to Europe; however, she continued to work for the College on a part-time basis for the next three years.  During that time, she conducted cross-cultural courses for Messiah students and produced, in conjunction with PaCCS and CEAP, an international video conference related to international job-hunting and the global marketplace.
While living in England, she worked on management and executive issues for the Penn State Executive Programs and for Salomon’s Centre, a consulting firm to the National Health Service.  From 1997-1999, she served as Director of Management Education, overseeing the master’s and Ph.D. programs offered by the Centre and St. John’s College.
Donna and her husband returned from England in 1999 and moved to San Clemente, California.  There she worked as a consultant for Communication Development Associates.  Her regular clients included Universal Studios, Toyota, and Johnson & Johnson. Donna earned a Ph.D. and master’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She passed away after a long struggle with cancer on December 10, 2005.  She is survived by her husband, David, their daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren.