Standout Vail Symposium volunteer Donna Albani bounced all over the country as her husband’s job took them to Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. She was named a Volunteer Spotlight for the Summer/Fall 2016. However, throughout her various residences, she had always visited Vail – since the ‘80s she brought her family to ski and snowboard in the winter, then to camp, fish and hike in the summer. Come 1997, she turned Vail from her vacation destination to her permanent residence.
With a background in interior design and construction, Donna has worked locally for Hightech Signs and Shapiro Development, and operated her own business “Sterling Design.” She joined the SteamMaster team in 2004 as Director of Business Development. Save for a three-year project restoring the 15,000 square foot historic Brick Hotel in Delaware, she has remained in the Valley and with SteamMaster since.
Donna was first drawn to the Symposium for the sheer wealth of information and numerous speakers presented. When the opportunity to volunteer came up, she accepted and has become a friendly familiar face to Vail Symposium staff and audience. Her favorite programs are the consciousness series.
“It’s a subject that has some controversy around it, but its also one of enlightenment,” said Donna. “I personally believe the understanding and transformation of our consciousness is an area many of us don’t work on enough, but could dramatically change our lives if we did.”
When Donna is not volunteering at the Symposium, she enjoys getting closer to the mountains — being outside skiing and partaking in the summer offerings of fishing, camping, hiking. She also enjoys love music and experiencing the numerous talents that come through the area. Her hope is that the community continues to support the Vail Symposium by learning from and experiencing the topics firsthand from the expert speakers that visit.
“Giving back to the community can be presented in many ways, and support for organizations, such as the Vail Symposium, is a simple, but extremely rewarding experience for all participating.”