Donna is a native of Parkersburg; Ron was born in Mansfield, Ohio and moved to the Mid-Ohio Valley in 1956. Both graduated from Ohio University; Donna with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education and Ron with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. Donna was employed for many years as a junior high and senior high school English teacher and counselor. Ron worked for Union Carbide Metals (presently Elkem) and then was employed by Marbon Chemicals, which became Borg Warner Chemicals. He retired from GE Plastics.
Both Ron and Donna have been active in a number of community organizations. They chaired a major fund drive for SW Resources. Ron has also been involved with the Chamber of Commerce and West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation, and he has served for a number of years on the Board of Governors of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.