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Adrienne, BSPH ’99, and Douglas Donaldson, BSPH ’97

DonaldsonsDoug, BSPh ’97, and Adrienne (Wood) Donaldson, BSPh ’99, credit the Raabe College of Pharmacy for opening the doors to their careers in pharmacy technology. They fondly recall several professors who helped them develop communication and networking skills that now prove invaluable in their jobs. 

“We had many ‘ah-ha’ moments as students that laid the foundation for where we are now,” says Adrienne. 

The Donaldsons, who married in 2004, became acquainted after graduation from Northern when both worked at Drug Emporium in Columbus, Ohio. Today, they continue to work together at McKesson Pharmacy Systems in Pittsburgh, Penn., helping retail-pharmacy chains and outpatient pharmacies assess technology needs and implement technology solutions. The Donaldsons generously share their time and treasure with Northern because they are excited about its future. Adrienne volunteers as a member of the college’s advisory board, and they both are serving the college campaign committee. They have made a leadership campaign pledge to benefit the Pharmacy Skills Center, The Pharmacy Skills Enrichment Fund and The Northern Fund. In addition, they encouraged their company to donate its software technology to the new skills center and were instrumental in implementing the system and provided training. 

“We are donors and volunteers because we understand the value of a good education, and we are invigorated by the direction the college is going in,” Adrienne explains. Doug agrees. “Northern is aiming for great things, and we want to be a part of it."