Diana Donnelly is the Administrative Assistant for the IGNITE Program and Kirk Erickson, Ph.D. She is a graduate of Swissvale High School and has taken many courses at the University of Pittsburgh. Diana has over 30 years working at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh as an administrative coordinator for over 19 research protocols most of them dealing with depression and grief in the elderly population. She has coordinated the efficient flow of these protocols making sure that all research criteria were followed. Her greatest passion working in research has been her interaction with patients whether it be helping them fill out forms or coordinating their appointments or learning about their families. Many of them would comment that Diana was one of the reasons they enjoyed coming into the clinic for their appointments even though they may be feeling badly. Diana also kept the private practice of the Medical Director of the Late-Life Clinic, Dr. Mark Miller, running smoothly whether it be by scheduling appointments, handling emergencies, calling in prescriptions and getting to know more than 500 patients personally in the 25 years of working with him. Diana also worked at UPMC Corporate organizing close to 100 executive meetings for the various Executive Boards of UPMC.
In Diana’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her two rescue kitties, has spent many years as a volunteer at both Animal Friends and the Animal Rescue League and was named new volunteer of the year at Animal Friends. She also enjoys gardening and landscaping her large yard, traveling to Florida and spending time on the beach, hiking the trails in Schenley Park, sea kayaking, taking Zumba classes and spending time with her family. She is also an avid sports fan especially the Steelers and Penguins and worked many years as a club box attendant at Heinz Field for both the Steelers and Panthers.